Turzai, organized labor come out in support of Peoples Gas partnership with PWSA

Turzai, organized labor come out in support of Peoples Gas partnership with PWSA

Peoples Natural Gas is finding support in high places for their gambit to partner with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

Since the company announced its wish to build a water treatment site in O’Hara Township, Pittsburgh activists, lawmakers and the authority itself have held growing concern about the prospect of the partnership. 

Friday, August 10, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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’s affordable housing fund collects community input, but some still hunger for action

Pittsburgh’s affordable housing fund collects community input, but some still hunger for action

With the passage of a controversial deed transfer tax last year, Pittsburgh has its affordable housing fund. Entrusted to a board of 16 city leaders and advocates, the board met this week for its second hearing on how to use the $10 million pool.

But even as the listening continues, some members are already pushing to get the funding into the city’s 90 neighborhoods immediately to start addressing an 18,000 unit deficit in affordable housing.
Thursday, July 26, 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
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