Metropolis guides lower ribbon for redevelopment venture in Hill District – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Affordable housing is now available in the Hill District.
City guides on Friday severed the ribbon for a $ 7 million redevelopment project in hopes of improving the Hill District.
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The old YMCA has been converted into a four-story, 74-unit building providing growth to the area. The 107-year-old building had to be extensively renovated, so the city guides decided to put it to good use.
The developers have made sure that parts of the Hill District are still kept in the building to serve as a reminder of everything the Hill has to offer over the years.
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Mayor Bill Peduto said this project goes beyond affordable housing and makes it something anyone can live in. The mayor added that he believes that more affordable housing can come to Pittsburgh as long as groups are willing to support it.
“When we talk about affordable housing, it’s not just for the working poor and those on the poverty line. It is for those below that level. There has to be a commitment at the local level that not only ensures this, but also provides the money for it, ”said Peduto.
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Some of the affordable housing that Peduto and other guides talk about are more repurposed and redevelopment projects. The leaders say they want to take the Allegheny YMCA and create affordable housing just like they did with the YMCA on Center Avenue.