Divisive vote by council moves forward city purchase of former Art Institute of Pittsburgh building

Divisive vote by council moves forward city purchase of former Art Institute of Pittsburgh building

In another contentious move on a busy day, Pittsburgh City Council, in a tight 5-4 vote, approved the $40 million purchase of the former Art Institute of Pittsburgh building.

Located in the city’s rapidly developing Strip District, the building will serve as a new office space for city employees as well as the Pittsburgh Urban Housing Authority and Urban Redevelopment Authority. Previously the city’s housing authority, Urban Redevelopment Authority, and other city departments shared a jointly owned building for office space.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Over anger of advocates, Pittsburgh city council approves UPMC hospital expansion

Over anger of advocates, Pittsburgh city council approves UPMC hospital expansion

Much to the despair of community members, advocates and several elected officials, Pittsburgh City Council Tuesday approved by a 7-2 vote the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s request for a $2 billion dollar expansion.

Council approval came after weeks of public outcry from Pittsburgh residents who had issues with the health network’s treatment of its employees as well as the absence of a community benefits agreement, or community input in general, according to them.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh waits for state review of new accessibility codes, passes on expanding animal control

Pittsburgh waits for state review of new accessibility codes, passes on expanding animal control

Pittsburgh City Council met Tuesday, agreeing to prod the state for further action on building accessibility codes, while also refusing a measure to use city resources in a small borough lying entirely within the city.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

More than a hundred registered speakers took to Pittsburgh City Council chambers to voice their opinions, largely skeptical, of a $2 billion expansion of a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital — catching a few members' ears in the process.

UPMC, the multi-billion dollar health care and insurance enterprise, gained council’s approval in 2012 to expand its Mercy campus in Uptown — a rundown neighborhood sandwiched between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.

Thursday, July 19, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to allow city to regulate new modes of transportation

Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to allow city to regulate new modes of transportation

Pittsburgh City Council Monday passed an ordinance that would amend City Code and give the Director of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure the authority to regulate mobility and transportation that takes place on public ways.

Monday, July 2, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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