Archive: May 2016
The board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh voted to choose TREK Development Group to build a new affordable apartment development on the Mellon Orchard’s South site in the heart of East Liberty.
The board decided to enter into exclusive negotiations with downtown-based TREK to sell the company a 2.96-acre site at North Euclid and Station Street. The URA chose the developer for the city-owned property in conjunction with a tenant group of Penn Plaza residents, who are slated to lose their apartments in the nearby apartment complex as it faces redevelopment. The tenant group was included in the selection process by the administration of Mayor Bill Peduto as part of a larger agreement between the city and Penn Plaza owner LG Realty.
A proposed project long on the drawing boards to rehabilitate one of downtown Washington’s landmark buildings will be discussed during a meeting of the city planning commission May 25.
According to a public notice published in Wednesday’s Observer-Reporter, commission members will discuss a conditional-use application for rehabilitation of Washington Trust Building at South Main and East Beau streets.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh is poised to choose downtown Pittsburgh-based Trek Development Group to develop a highly scrutinized 2.96-acre parcel in East Liberty into a new affordable housing development.
According to the agenda for the URA’s regularly scheduled meeting for May, the board is expected to vote on a measure to enter exclusive negotiations with Trek for the Mellon’s Orchard South site in the heart of East Liberty, a collection of vacant lots at North Euclid and Station Streets.
I read with some interest of a zoning disagreement involving the Garden Theater block on the North Side and Bill Gatti, the potential developer. While I don’t purport to understand the disagreement, I have had business dealings with Mr. Gatti and Trek Development.
Perhaps the party or parties involved with the complaint should view some of the developments Mr. Gatti has done in the city. I will comment on the one I have intimate knowledge of. I owned and operated Reed Roberts Apartment Complex in the city’s Hill District for 29 years.