Pittsburgh committee presents a plan for a plan for some of the city's rundown facilities

Pittsburgh committee presents a plan for a plan for some of the city's rundown facilities

A committee reviewing Pittsburgh-owned facilities has recommended the sale, renovation, relocation, demolition, or merger of thirty-one of the cities buildings.

The recommended list includes fire, paramedic, and police stations, as well as recreation and senior centers that have deteriorated or are no longer practical to maintain. The recommendations were based on a report completed by Massaro Construction Management Services earlier this year.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA board considers assistance program, moratorium on service shutoffs

PWSA board considers assistance program, moratorium on service shutoffs

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board is poised to begin a customer assistance program, along with a suggested moratorium on water service shutoffs for customers.

PWSA board Chairwoman Debbie Lestitian moved Thursday to create a subcommittee within the board to consider the approach, asking Councilwoman Deb Gross (District 7) and Vice Chairperson Margaret Lanier to take the lead.

“An important part of working on a public authority is listening to the public," said Lestitian. “I’ve had several meetings with a lot of the community groups, they’ve all expressed the same concerns. With three new board members now, it’s a responsible time to explore customer assistance programs and their requests for a potential shut off moratorium.” 

Friday, August 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lead levels in Pittsburgh's drinking water starting to improve

Lead levels in Pittsburgh's drinking water starting to improve

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced Tuesday that it is now in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency's standards for lead levels in drinking water according to its most recent compliance testing.
128 residential samples were collected through June 2017 and the 90th percentile value was calculated at 15 parts per billion (ppb), the EPA action level. Less than 10 percent of homes were above 15 ppb.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Fellowship program could bring help to Pittsburgh's Facilities Optimization Plan

Fellowship program could bring help to Pittsburgh's Facilities Optimization Plan

Pittsburgh City Council is set to vote on legislation that would bring in mid-level professionals to help aid in a plan to re-invest in city-owned facilities.  


Council could vote as soon as Tuesday of next week on funding for a Fellowship Participation Agreement with FUSE Corps, a non-profit organization that helps aid local governments on various civic projects, to allow three individuals help carry out Mayor Peduto’s Facilities Optimization Plan. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council holds preliminary discussions on tax exemptions for developers

Pittsburgh City Council holds preliminary discussions on tax exemptions for developers

Pittsburgh City Council held a post agenda meeting Tuesday on preliminary discussions on programs aimed at stimulating commercial and residential development in several targeted city neighborhoods.

Much of the dialogue at the meeting, headed by Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), centered around the necessity to construct comprehensive tax exemption programs for real estate developers that fit into the current – and future – conditions of Pittsburgh’s economy and demographics.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
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