A raise in Pittsburgh's realty transfer tax gets preliminary City Council approval

A raise in Pittsburgh's realty transfer tax gets preliminary City Council approval

Pittsburgh City Council has advanced legislation that would increase the city’s realty transfer tax from 4 percent to 4.5 percent in 2018.

The money garnered from the tax is expected to go toward the affordable housing trust fund, also known as the Housing Opportunity Trust Fund, which was approved by council last December. It is also expected to supply the fund with $10 million annually for the next five years to build housing and rehabilitate older homes for those who qualify under low-income standards.
Wednesday, December 13, 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 URA approves Civic Arena deal changes in 3-2 vote

Pittsburgh URA approves Civic Arena deal changes in 3-2 vote

A deal to rework the Civic Arena agreement between the city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Penguins was confirmed with three changes by the Urban Redevelopment Authority Wednesday afternoon, with one vote to spare. 

In a 3-2 decision, the board of the URA passed the deal, reached last week, to remove a $15 million option payment to the Penguins that created an incentive for the National Hockey League team to a sit on the 28 barren acres that connect the Hill District and Downtown. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Advocates continue to push Pittsburgh City Council to fund Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund

Advocates continue to push Pittsburgh City Council to fund Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund

Encouraged by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s budget address calling on City Council to fund an affordable housing policy, over thirty housing and community development activists organized before the chamber Wednesday to continue the Mayor’s push to fund affordable housing across the city.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 49: Pittsburgh Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle

This week, our Pittsburgh Bureau Chief Alanna Koll sits down with City Councilman Dan Lavelle to talk about his background, initiatives, and what he likes to do in his spare time.

Friday, August 4, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
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