Pittsburgh City Council proposes bills to help city homeowners, new and old

Pittsburgh City Council proposes bills to help city homeowners, new and old

Pittsburgh City Council is considering legislation that could make first-time homebuying in the city a little easier and help alleviate some longtime homeowners from the perils of gentrification and property maintenance.

Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), along with Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2), introduced three separate bills Tuesday that fall in line with measures laid out under the Affordable Housing Trust Fund passed a year ago, but would provide a better operational framework.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council wants to know the worth of former Civic Arena site

Pittsburgh City Council wants to know the worth of former Civic Arena site

Although a deal has already been penned by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA) to redevelop the former Civic Arena site, the city itself wants to know just what the 28-acre site in the central downtown district is worth.

Legislation sponsored by Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle (District 6) passed council 6-2 Tuesday and would enlist the help of the city’s Director of Finance to conduct an appraisal of the 28-acre site in the Lower Hill District.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council swears in new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council swears in new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council swore in Brenda Pree as the newest City Clerk on Tuesday, much to the dismay of two Councilwomen.  


Councilwomen Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) and Darlene Harris (District 1) were the sole negative votes on the nomination of Ms. Pree, a Mississippi native, citing their disapproval of proper consideration of Pittsburgh locals, especially long-time Deputy Clerk, Kim Clark, an African-American woman.  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Affordable housing revenue plan hits snag at Pittsburgh City Council

Affordable housing revenue plan hits snag at Pittsburgh City Council

One city councilwoman warned Tuesday at a Pittsburgh City Council post agenda meeting that a key provision to fund Pittsburgh’s affordable housing plan may not have enough votes to pass.

Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) told a group of developers and other council members that reservations over a tax increase and the distribution of taxpayer-funded developments would hold up the bill in its current state.

“There are not 5 [votes] to support this,” Kail-Smith said. Two additional council members, Deborah Gross (District 7) and Darlene Harris (District 1) confirmed their intention to vote against the measure as it is.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council, developers mull next steps for city-owned housing stock

Pittsburgh City Council, developers mull next steps for city-owned housing stock

Pittsburgh City Council sat down with a panel of community developers Wednesday to discuss a bill to divest some of the city’s publicly-owned properties.

Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) headed the post agenda meeting discussion on Bill 1508, which would authorize Mayor Bill Peduto, the Directors of the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Finance and the Executive Director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority to evaluate city-owned housing stock suitable for rehabilitation and resale.

Thursday, June 29, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
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