Archive: Mar 2016
For the better part of a decade, TREK Development Group has been creating affordable townhouse and apartment units in the city, including Dinwiddie, Heldman, Reed, and Miller Streets in the Hill.
“Mixed-income housing is the wave of the future,” Gatti says. “But creating affordable housing takes many layers of financing. It takes support from the foundation community cobbled together with what the city is trying to do, going block by block for rehab and revitalization.
TREK Development Group should not have been granted dimensional or parking variances for its redevelopment plan of the former Garden Theater site on the North Side, a judge decided Wednesday.
The order from Allegheny County Common Pleas Senior Judge Joseph M. James reverses a decision by the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment to permit a bigger development than zoning allows and denies TREK’s application.
Post-Gazette columnist Brian O’Neill has a standing joke about the North Side, where he has lived for 25 years: The North Side is like soccer — it’s the sport of the future, and always will be. Proponents of Central North Side progress can ruefully trot out that line, following an Allegheny County judge’s puzzling decision last week to halt Trek Development’s project for the Garden Theater block.
It’s just the latest setback for the high-profile stretch, which has been the object of failed development visions since President Bill Clinton’s second term.