Press Releases

June 7, 2017

URA BOARD SET TO VOTE TO ISSUE RFP FOR LEXINGTON TECHNOLOGY PARK

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MaY 2, 2017

URA ANNOUNCES CHALLENGE CUP COMING TO PITTSBURGH

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March 2, 2017

URA ANNOUNCES 2017 STEEL CITY CODEFEST NEWS

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January 10, 2017

URA ANNOUNCES EARLY DISSOLUTION OF FULTON BUILDING TIF DISTRICT AND EXPIRATION OF PENN LIBERTY PLAZA TIF DISTRICT

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November 17, 2016

PITTSBURGH URBAN INITIATIVES AWARDED $50M IN NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS TO DRIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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September 29, 2016

URA RECEIVES TWO EXCELLENCE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARDS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

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September 7, 2016

MAYOR'S OFFICE, URA ANNOUNCE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF "NEXT 3 DAYS"

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June 8, 2016

Mayor's Office, URA Announce Second Installment of "Next 3 Days"

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April 3, 2016

URA'S KAREN ABRAMS ACCEPTED AS A HARVARD LOEB FELLOW

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March 10, 2016

Urban Redevelopment Authority To Vote on Housing Revitalization Initiatives

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February 16, 2016

URA ANNOUNCES 2016 STEEL CITY CODEFEST NEWS

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Octoder 9, 2015

URA RECEIVES GOLD EXCELLENCE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD FOR LAUNCHPGH.COM

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June 18, 2015

URA HONORED WITH AWARDS FOR SOUTHSIDE WORKS AND SOUTH SHORE RIVERFRONT PARK

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June 15, 2015

PITTSBURGH URBAN INITIATTES AWARDED $2OM IN NEW MARKET TAX CREDITS TO DRIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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April 9, 2015

URA TO REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION BY 80 PERCENT IN ITS PARKING GARAGES

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March 25, 2015

URA AND RIVERLIFE ARE TWO OF EIGHT NATIONAL GRANTEES FOR 2015 SUSTAINABLE CITIES DESIGN ACADEMY

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February 3, 2015

2015 STEEL CITY CODEFEST NEWS

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December 16, 2014

URA ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR 2015 STEEL CITY CODEFEST

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December 11, 2014

STATEMENT BY URA ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RUBINSTEIN ON PASSING OF TRIBUNE-REVIEW REPORTER SAM SPATTER

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October 22, 2014

URA WINNER OF EXCELLENCE IN TAX CREDIT FINANCE AWARD

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September 11, 2014

URA TO ADVANCE PRODUCE TERMINAL REDEVELOPMENT DISCUSSIONS WITH MCCAFFERY INTERESTS AND MICHAEL RUBINO

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August 27, 2014

UPDATE ON FORMER MASONIC TEMPLE BUILDING REVITALIZATION PLAN

he Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) has terminated Allegheny City Development Group LLC’s rights to develop the Masonic Temple building. The developer’s option to develop the building had been awarded on May 12, 2011 and expired on July 28, 2014. Termination follows a 45-day extension that had been granted in June to the developer. Read more here >

June 6, 2014

PITTSBURGH URBAN INITIATIVES AWARDED $28M IN NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS TO DRIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES

In total, PUI has received $118 million in NMTC allocation to use in the City of Pittsburgh. Read more here >

January 13, 2014

2014 STEEL CITY CODEFEST JUDGES ANNOUNCED

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) announced today the judging panel for the 2014 Steel City Codefest. Read more here >

December 18, 2013

URA ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR 2014 STEEL CITY CODEFEST

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) announced today that the second annual Steel City Codefest will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 22 and run through 2 p.m. on Sun, Feb. 23 at the American Eagle Corporate offices, located at 77 Hot Metal Street, SouthSide Works. Read more here >

August 1, 2013

MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES NEW WEBSITE TO CONNECT ENTREPRENEURS WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP LAUNCH NEW BUSINESSES

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced a new website designed to connect entrepreneurs with opportunities and serve as a "launchpad" for local and new businesses. The site, LAUNCHPGH.com, is a portal for entrepreneurs, investors, developers and job seekers who want instant access to Pittsburgh's best business and networking resources. Read more here.

April 24, 2013

PITTSBURGH URBAN INITIATIVES AWARDED $35M IN NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS TO DRIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives (PUI), a Community Development Entity (CDE), affiliated with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) has been awarded $35 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) by the U.S. Treasury Department. Read more here.

April 9, 2013

URA ANNOUNCES PLANS PROGRESSING FOR NEW FAMILY DOLLAR STORE IN SHERADEN NEIGHBORHOOD

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced today that it will enter into exclusive negotiations with Cozza Enterprises, LLC for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Sheraden Market and three surrounding properties in the City’s Sheraden neighborhood, pending authorization from its Board of Directors at their meeting this Thursday. The developer is proposing a Family Dollar Store and Community Market Pavilion on the site, located at the intersection of Sheraden Boulevard and Hillsboro Street. Read more here.

November 6, 2012

RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES SCHENLEY CENTER TIF NOTE PAID OFF FIVE YEARS EARLY

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the $5.25M Schenley Center Tax Increment Financing (TIF) note has been paid off, five years earlier than scheduled, and directed the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to initiate action to formally dissolve the TIF district at their November board meeting. Read more here.

October 24, 2012

URA, CITY REDD-UP CREW COLLABORATE WITH REBUILDING TOGETHER PITTSBURGH TO HELP LOW-INCOME HOMEOWNERS AND ELIMINATE BLIGHT IN SHERADEN

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) and the City’s Redd Up crew are once again teaming up with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (RTP) for a two-day, volunteer event in the Sheraden neighborhood that will help low-income seniors with critical home repairs and the neighborhood at large by eliminating blight. This event, or Neighborhood Block Build, is sponsored by the URA and will run Oct. 25 and 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Read more here.

October 11, 2012

MAYOR ANNOUNCES URA BOARD TO VOTE ON REDEVELOPMENT OF FORMER SAKS FIFTH AVENUE PROPERTY

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors will vote this afternoon to enter into exclusive negotiations with Millcraft Investments, McKnight Realty Partners and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority for the redevelopment of the former Saks Fifth Avenue department store property. The currently vacant properties will transform into 100 residential units, 20,000 square feet of retail space and hundreds of private and public parking spaces. Read more here.

October 4, 2012

URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY RECEIVES GOLD EXCELLENCE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) has received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Integrated Investor Prospectus and Campaign(General Purpose Promotion; population 200,000 - 500,000) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Read more here.

September 13, 2012

MAYOR ANNOUNCES URA BOARD TO TAKE VOTE ON PLAN TO MARKET HAZELWOOD PROPERTIES FOR DEVELOPMENT

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of numerous URA-owned sites in the city’s Hazelwood neighborhood, pending authorization from the URA Board of Directors at their monthly board meeting held this afternoon. Read more here.

August 9, 2012

MAYOR, PHLF PRESIDENT, OFFICIALS AND STAKEHOLDERS KICK OFF DOWNTOWN PRESERVATION PROJECT TO REIGNITE HISTORIC CHARM

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by Arthur Ziegler, president of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), elected officials and key stakeholders, officially kicked off the Downtown Preservation Project . This much-anticipated $4 million facade renovation project will reignite historic charm to six key downtown buildings that border areas of significant public and private investment in the Wood Street and Fifth Avenue corridor. The officials today ceremonially knocked off tile to kick off facade restoration at the Kashi Building, located at 254 and 256 Fifth Avenue. Soon, the historic building will better complement new development and be spruced up with new historically significant windows, signage and lighting. Read more here.

August 8, 2012

MAYOR ANNOUNCES URA BOARD TO VOTE TO EXPAND SUCCESSFUL ENERGY SAVINGS PROGRAM

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors will vote to expand the URA’s successful pilot Business Energy Savings Program citywide. The additional $20,000 in funding will allow the program to conduct energy audits for 50 small- to medium-sized businesses. Created in June 2010, the pilot program included a $400 URA matching grant toward the cost of an energy audit, which provided recommendations for energy efficiency improvements along with projected costs and savings. Read more here.

August 1, 2012

MAYOR LAUNCHES MINI-GRANT PROGRAM TO STRENGTHEN NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS DISTRICTS

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by Brookline community stakeholders, neighborhood business district leaders and residents, officially kicked off the Pittsburgh “Biz Buzz�? Program,�? a small grant program designed to help smaller neighborhood business districts attract more customers through short- and medium-term marketing projects and activities. The goals of the program are to create a buzz about the business district through the use of social media and word-of-mouth, and to increase foot traffic as well as bring newcomers into the neighborhood’s businesses. Business district leaders design their own program, with support from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Read more here.

June 14, 2012

URA BOARD TO VOTE THIS AFTERNOON ON PROJECTS THAT WILL BRING NEW RESIDENCES AND JOBS TO THE LAWRENCEVILLE AND SHERADEN NEIGHBORHOODS

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors this afternoon will vote to provide financing for two projects that will bring new residences, retail or office space, and jobs to two City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods: Doughboy Apartments in Lawrenceville and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program in Sheraden. The 39-unit Doughboy Apartments, part of a mixed-use development, will create 60 construction and 20 permanent jobs, and contribute $150,000 in annual tax dollars to the City, Pittsburgh Public Schools and the County. The Neighborhood Stabilization Program will result in seven newly-renovated homes, approximately 10 construction jobs and $22,500 in annual taxes to the City, Schools and County. Read more here.

February 23, 2012

MAYOR ANNOUNCES CITY AWARDED $20M IN NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS TO DRIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has been awarded $20 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) by the U.S. Treasury Department. The tax credit program aims to aid in economic development, community revitalization and job creation by spurring private investment in low-income communities. The NMTC announcement comes on the heels of President Obama’s budget release, which includes plans to expand the program. The URA is one of 70 entities to receive the competitive funding out of more than 300 applicants. Read more here.

February 9, 2012

CITY LEADERS' POWER UP PITTSBURGH INITIATIVE TAKES SHAPE

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors this afternoon will vote to reorganize its business development center in order to create the City’s first “Pittsburgh Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.�? In addition, with 27 letters of support spearheaded by the new PowerUp Pittsburgh coalition, Pittsburgh last week applied to the Secretary of Commerce to attract a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) satellite office. Read more here.

February 7, 2012

MAYOR'S VISION FOR MORE JOBS, OPPORTUNITY ALONG ALLEGHENY RIVERFRONT SET TO ADVANCE

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors this Thursday will vote to approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the URA and The Buncher Company that will advance the proposed Strip District development, beginning with rehabilitation of the Produce Terminal. In addition, the URA and Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) will work to nominate a Strip Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places, and will establish a fund to provide financing for historic façade renovations in the District, through contributions from The Buncher Company. Read more here.

January 30, 2012

MAYOR, CNNC CELEBRATE THE CENTRAL NORTHSIDE'S COMEBACK

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today along with the Central Northside Neighborhood Council (CNNC) and other stakeholders held a “come-back�? celebration for the Central Northside, announcing the $17 million "Garden Block Revitalization�? project. The Garden Block comprises about 10 mostly vacant buildings along West North Street in the Central Northside neighborhood and is anchored by top institutions such as Allegheny General Hospital, the National Aviary, West Commons Park and the flourishing Mexican War Streets neighborhood. At its center lies the ubiquitous Garden Theater and Masonic Hall buildings, both of which will soon transform from long-time eyesores to destination restaurants and loft-style living. Read more here.

January 30, 2012

EASTSIDE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE TO OPEN JANUARY 31

The long-awaited Eastside Pedestrian Bridge will open tomorrow morning, January 31. The pedestrian walkway, a project of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, connects the intersection of Ellsworth Ave. at Spahr St. with the southwest corner of the Eastside development parking deck in East Liberty. The bridge was proposed by East Liberty Development Inc. as a way to link East Liberty and Shadyside when Eastside was constructed. Read more here.

October 12, 2011

MAYOR ANNOUNCES URA TO VOTE TODAY ON REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors this afternoon will vote to approve financing for two redevelopment projects that will add almost 50 new housing units in the City of Pittsburgh. One project, called the Locomotive Lofts, will rehabilitate a once-vacant industrial site in Lawrenceville into 34 rental units. The other, located in Stanton Heights (and soon Sheraden), will put 14 foreclosed or vacant homes back on the City's tax rolls. Read more here.

October 13, 2011

URA, CITY REDD-UP CREW COLLABORATE WITH REBUILDING TOGETHER PITTSBURGH TO HELP LOW-INCOME HOMEOWNERS AND ELIMINATE BLIGHT IN HOMEWOOD

Building off the success of the recently announced Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) and the City's Redd Up crew are teaming up with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (RTP) for a two-day, volunteer event in the North Homewood neighborhood that will help low-income seniors with critical home repairs and the neighborhood at large by eliminating blight. This event, or Neighborhood Block Build, is sponsored by the URA and will run today and tomorrow, Oct. 13 and 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. along Race Street. Read more here.

October 12, 2011

MAYOR, THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP TO HELP LOW-INCOME HOMEOWNERS

Low-income seniors, veterans and disabled residents who need help keeping their homes warm and safe will have a helping hand, thanks to a partnership announced today by Mayor Ravenstahl made possible by a $500,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation. The collaborative effort, called the Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership, will streamline the work of homeowner support groups and utilize community volunteers to rehab and weatherize approximately 70 homes in low-income neighborhoods over the next two years. Read more here.

September 27, 2011

MAYOR'S SUCCESSFUL STOREFRONT RENOVATION PROGRAM TO EXPAND

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that, based on the success of the Mayor's Storefront Renovation Program, City Council has approved legislation to transfer $150,000 in Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) grant funds from the City to the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) for the administrative and operating costs of the Program. Read more here.

September 22, 2011

MAYOR ANNOUNCES URA RECEIVES MULTIPLE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) received three awards for Excellence in Economic Development from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Read more here.

September 8, 2011

DEVELOPMENT TEAMS SELECTED TO EXPAND EAST END REVITALIZATION

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Urban
Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors has selected development teams for the redevelopment of scattered sites owned by the City of Pittsburgh and URA: KBK Enterprises in the
City's neighborhood of Larimer; and S&A Homes and Oxford Development Company in the Homewood/North Point Breeze neighborhoods. The development of these properties will expand
East Liberty's renewal into abutting neighborhoods by providing quality, affordable and mixedincome housing opportunities, while incorporating new business prospects and creating new green
spaces. Read more here.

September 8, 2011

MAYOR ANNOUNCES NEW DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER SHERADEN REVITALIZATION

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that Sheraden residents will soon be benefitting from Pittsburgh's Third Renaissance. Pending Board approval, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will acquire the Sheraden Market, located at 2928 Sheraden Boulevard, and the nearby parking lot with the hopes of developing the site to eventually make way for a new, larger supermarket for residents. The URA Board of Directors meets at 2 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 8, on the 13th floor in the Civic Building at 200 Ross Street. Read more here.

July 14, 2011

CITY LOOKS TO EXPAND EAST END REVITALIZATION

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the development of scattered sites, including City, URA, and Pittsburgh Parking Authority owned properties, in the City's neighborhoods of Homewood and North Point Breeze, Larimer, and East Liberty, pending authorization from the URA Board of Directors. The development of these properties will expand East Liberty's renewal into abutting neighborhoods and provide quality affordable and mixedincome housing opportunities, new business development prospects, and create new green spaces. Read more here. See also East End Investments.

June 14, 2011

CITY TO CREATE NEW DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS WITH PROCEEDS OF PROPERTY SALE TO PNC

(PITTSBURGH) June 14—With the positive momentum surrounding downtown's latest development of PNC's $400 million downtown skyscraper, the City today announced plans to utilize proceeds of its property sales to PNC in order to create two new innovative programs that will further the momentum of Pittsburgh's Third Renaissance. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Thursday will finalize the $1.1 million sale for three downtown properties located at 430-438 Wood Street. Read more here.

April 28, 2011

CONSTRUCTION OF PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE CONNECTING SHADYSIDE TO EAST LIBERTYTO BEGIN MONDAY,
MAY 2, 2011

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) and the City of Pittsburgh's Department of Public Works announced today that construction of the new pedestrian bridge connecting Shadyside to East Liberty is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 2, 2011. The long-awaited pedestrian walkway will connect the intersection of Ellsworth Ave. and Spahr St. with the southwest corner of the Eastside development parking garage.
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April 28, 2011

URA, CITY AND HOUSING AUTHORITY REQUEST QUALIFICATIONS FOR SALE AND REDEVELOPMENT OF CIVIC BUILDING

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), in conjunction with City of Pittsburgh and Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP), today issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the sale and redevelopment of the Civic Building at 200 Ross Street in downtown Pittsburgh. Built in the early 1900s, the 13-story office building is owned by a partnership between the URA, City and HACP. Read more here.

 

April 18, 2011

MAYOR, COUNCILMAN BURGESS BREAK GROUND FOR NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN EAST LIBERTY

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today was joined by City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess, representatives from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), key stakeholders, and members of the community to officially break ground for Liberty Park Phase II, a new, 71-unit rental housing development along Collins Ave. in East Liberty.
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April 7, 2011

MAYOR, STAKEHOLDERS TO REVEAL MARKET SQUARE CONNECTION TO UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, LAUNCH OUTDOOR DINING SEASON

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and partners, including the Historic Hill Institute, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), Heinz History Center, and business owners this morning honored Market Square's rich history by unveiling a plaque that highlights the Square's connection to the Underground Railroad. Attendees also celebrated the beginning of the 2011 outdoor dining season in Downtown Pittsburgh. Market Square now offers extended, pedestrian-friendly outdoor dining options and four newly opened restaurants, with two additional restaurants scheduled to open in late spring and summer. Read more here.

 

March 10, 2011

MAYOR, URA MOVE NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS FORWARD

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that numerous development projects in the City's neighborhoods will be moving forward, thanks to approvals granted by the Urban Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors at their monthly board meeting held today at 2 p.m. Highlighted projects approved by the board include Liberty Park, a new rental housing development in East Liberty; the selling of land to allow for development of the Hill District Grocery store; and Dinwiddie Street Housing, a new rental housing development in the Hill District. Read more here.

 

March 2, 2011

URA TO JOIN CITY'S HEALTH CARE PLAN, SAVING THOUSANDS

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that City Council preliminarily approved his cost-saving resolution to merge the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) health care plan with the City's. Under the agreement, the URA will participate in the City's health care program, administered by Highmark, and save nearly $200,000 annually. Read more here.

 

February 28, 2011

MAYOR ANNOUNCES $35M IN NEW MARKET TAX CREDITS AWARDED TO DRIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the City's Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has been awarded $35 million in New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) by the U.S. Treasury Department to aid in economic development and community revitalization. The URA was one of 99 entities to receive the competitive funding out of 250 applicants. Read more here.

 

February 14, 2011

MAYOR OFFICIALLY RELEASES ALLEGHENY RIVERFRONT VISION

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the official release of the Allegheny Riverfront Vision, a community-driven master plan for the Allegheny Riverfront extending from the Convention Center to the eastern border of the City. Created by a consultant team led by Perkins Eastman Associates on behalf of the three partnering organizations, including the City, URA and Riverlife, the Allegheny Riverfront Vision lays out a framework for sustainable development along 6.5 miles of urban riverfront, with recommendations related to ecology, transportation, market and urban design.
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January 6, 2011

TRANSPORTATION PLANNING GRANT TO MAKE STRIP DISTRICT COMMUTING SAFER, SPUR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City of Pittsburgh has received a $280,000 planning grant from PennDOT's Community Transportation Initiative (PCTI) to implement a traffic flow and land-use planning study for the City's Strip District and Lawrenceville neighborhoods. The grant piggy-backs off of the City's recent $1.5 million federal award for the Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard project, which also impacts the Strip District and Lawrenceville communities. The City was one of 41 cities to receive funding, out of 238 applicants. Read more here.

 

December 9 , 2010

MAYOR ANNOUNCES URA / BUNCHER PARTNERSHIP READY TO MOVE ALLEGHENY RIVERFRONT DEVELOPMENT FORWARD

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City is about to take a critical step toward reconnecting the Strip District neighborhood to the Riverfront. Upon approval from its Board of Directors, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will lease, with the option to purchase, the Produce Terminal to The Buncher Company. The lease will run for five years with the purchase price being $1.8 million. [more]

November 18 , 2010

MAYOR, URA ANNOUNCE NEW NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that a number of development projects in the City's neighborhoods will be moving forward, thanks to approvals granted by the Urban Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors. [more]

October 26, 2010

URA ADVANCES NEXT PHASE OF MAYOR'S PITTSBURGH CITY LIVING INITIATIVE WITH NEW REALTOR CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE

Certificates of completion awarded to first graduating class

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) this afternoon
presented certificates of completion to the first-ever graduating class of a new realtor continuing education course, entitled “City Living: A Focus on the Pittsburgh Client.�? [more]

October 26, 2010

MAYOR OFFICIALLY REOPENS NEWLY RENOVATED MARKET SQUARE

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl this morning was joined by community leaders, non-profit and business leaders, for the official reopening of the newly renovated Market Square. This $5 million improvement project under Mayor Ravenstahl is the culmination of several years of public process, made possible through the leadership, vision and financial contributions of The City of Pittsburgh, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation, Colcom Foundation, and the Hillman Foundation. [more]

September 9, 2010

CITY SEEKS TO GET FORMER FIRE STATION ONTO TAX ROLLS

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, in conjunction with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced that the City has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of Engine House Number 16, located in the North Point Breeze neighborhood at Penn and North Lang Avenues. Built in the early 1900s, the former fire station currently serves as a classroom training facility for City firefighters. [more]

July 8, 2010

THE THELMA LOVETTE YMCA FACILITY MOVES CLOSER TO CONSTRUCTION

Sale of 18 properties approved for construction of the Hill District facility

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors today approved the sale of 18 properties to the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh for the development of The Thelma Lovette Family YMCA along Centre Avenue in the Hill District. [more]

June 16, 2010

FSC Marketing Communications Develops Unique Website for Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

FSC Marketing Communications, a fullservice marketing, advertising and public relations agency, recently launched PittsburghCityLiving.com, a unique website that aims to help both current and future residents explore the 90 distinct neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. The site was developed in conjunction with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh and the Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. [more]

May 17, 2010

MAYOR LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE CITY LIVING

New website serves as one-stop-shop for information on City neighborhoods and initiatives

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today launched a campaign promoting the benefits of City living through a new website which serves as a "one-stop-shop" to information on City neighborhoods and key initiatives such as the Mayor's tax abatement, the Pittsburgh Promise and URA loan opportunities. [more]

March 9, 2010

Mayor's Plan to Redevelop Allegheny Riverfront Takes Shape with Historic Partnership

URA will partner with The Buncher Company to develop three major sites totaling 80 acres along the Allegheny

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced an historic partnership between the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and The Buncher Company to develop three major sites totaling 80 acres along the Allegheny Riverfront, pending URA Board approval. [more]

January 25, 2010

PLANNING PROCESS KICKED OFF IN HILL DISTRICT

Master planning efforts to create a community vision begin

City, county and community partners today begin the master planning effort for the five Hill District neighborhoods and the Uptown neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh. [more]

December 18, 2009

URA ADDS GREEN INCENTIVE TO ENHANCE CONSUMER LOAN PROGRAM

Funding for Energy Audits now available for homeowner improvements

The URA Board today announced that the Pittsburgh Home Rehabilitation Program has been enhanced to promote energy efficient improvements to owner occupied homes in the City of Pittsburgh. [more]

September 30, 2009

URA RELEASES RFP FOR DEVELOPMENT AT PITTSBURGH TECHNOLOGY CENTER

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) released a request for proposals today for development of four build to suit sites at the Pittsburgh Technology Center (PTC), a state-of-the-art riverfront office park and regional center for research and development. [more]

September 29, 2009

NEW HOUSING AVAILABLE IN CENTRAL NORTHSIDE

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and other elected officials today cut the ribbon at Federal Hill Homes, a mixed-income, for-sale housing development on the North Side in the City of Pittsburgh. [more]

August 27, 2009

PHLF and URA Host “Walking Our Mainstreets�? Free Public Tours Beginning Sept. 5

On September 5, 2009, the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation will begin a series of ten consecutive Saturday afternoon walking tours, free and open to the public. [more]

August 18, 2009

MAYOR ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE CITY-OWNED FACILITIES STUDY MOVING FORWARD

Requests for proposals issued to four firms

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Department of Public Works – Division of Architecture, in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, Facilities Management, Department of Finance, City Controller's Office, Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for a City facility analysis and management planning of municipal buildings to four short-listed firms: Apex Realty Advisors, LLC; Massaro Corporation; Plante Moran; and SSI Services. [more]

August 17, 2009

MAYOR ANNOUNCES RECONSTRUCTION OF MARKET SQUARE TO BEGIN MONDAY

Historic City Center gathering space receiving upgrade

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, in cooperation with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) today announced that the reconstruction of Market Square has begun. [more]

July 28, 2009

AVAILABLE CITY-OWNED PROPERTIES NOW ONLINE

New website features all City and URA-owned properties available for purchase

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, in cooperation with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), today announced a new, online, searchable database of available municipal properties, www.buyintheburgh.com. [more]

July 17, 2009

FINEVIEW CITIZENS COUNCIL PROUDLY ANNOUNCES THE RIBBON CUTTING AND ENERGY STAR LABELING OF ITS LATEST HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

NUNNERY HILL OVERLOOK

On Friday, July 17, at 2:00 p.m., Fineview Citizens Council (FCC) will proudly be cutting the ribbon and applying the Energy Star label on Nunnery Hill Overlook, a for-sale housing development in the Fineview neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh. [more]

June 30, 2009

URA RELEASES RFP FOR DEVELOPMENT IN LAWRENCEVILLE

Proposals sought for large parcels along Hatfield Street

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has re-released a request for proposals for development of the largest residential footprint available in Lawrenceville. [more]

June 12, 2009

URA RELEASES RFP FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF FORMER SCHOOL IN HILL DISTRICT

Proposals sought for the redevelopment of the former Miller School

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), along with the Pittsburgh Public Schools released a request for proposals today for the re-development of the former Miller School facility at 61 Reed Street in the Hill District neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh. [more]

June 11, 2009

URA BOARD AUTHORIZES LOAN FOR NON-PROFIT EXPANSION

Councilwoman Payne recommends award for National Association of Letter Carriers

The Urban Redevelopment Authority Board authorized today a loan agreement with the National Association of Letter Carriers – Branch 84 for renovations and repairs to their office in the California-Kirkbride neighborhood of Pittsburgh. [more]

June 11, 2009

MAYOR' S PROGRAM TO SUPPORT VIBRANT ENTREPRENEURSHIP TAKES SHAPE

Applications for new loan fund available on URA website

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City will begin to dole out dollars to help grow the vibrant entrepreneurship and small business environment. Guidelines for the Pittsburgh Entrepreneur Fund were approved by the URA board this afternoon. [more]

May 27, 2009

CITY BREAKS GROUND IN GARFIELD

The third phase of the Garfield Homeownership Choice development moves forward

The City of Pittsburgh and development partners Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation broke ground today for the third phase of the Garfield Homeownership Choice housing development, in the Garfield neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh. [more]

May 15, 2009

MAYOR, SENATOR BREAK GROUND ON BRYANT STREET

Construction begins for the historic rehabilitation of a mixed-use property in Highland Park

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, State Senator Jim Ferlo and development partners Highland Park Community Development Corp. and East Liberty Development Inc. broke ground today for the first phase of the Bryant Street Revitalization Project, in the Highland Park neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh. [more]

May 15, 2009

YOUTH ENTERPRISE FACILITY BREAKS GROUND

Boys & Girls Club launches new concept and starts construction of training facility in Lawrenceville

A ground breaking ceremony will be held at 52nd and Butler Street, in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, on Friday, May 15, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. to unveil the site of the new Youth Enterprise Zone Mini-Mall and Training Center sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. This $2.5 million construction project has been in the planning stages for two years, and will seek LEED Silver Certification. [more]

May 13, 2009

MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES ENTREPRENEURIAL BUSINESS EXPANSIONS

Three small businesses receive funding from new loan program and create jobs

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announces loan recipients of the new loan program designed to assist entrepreneurs and stimulate small business growth and expansion. [more]

May 12 , 2009

MAYOR RAVENSTAHL CUT THE RIBBON AT PIATT PLACE

Residents begin to move into the $70 million mixed-use development Downtown

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl cut the ribbon today on the residential portion of Piatt Place, a $70 million mixed-use development of the former Lazarus Building that anchors the Fifth Forbes redevelopment area in Downtown. [more]

April 28, 2009

MAYOR'S VISION FOR ALLEGHENY RIVERFRONT UNDERWAY

Mayor shows community former steel site now ready for development before first planning meeting tomorrow

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today stood on a bulldozed 21-acre former steel site next to the Highland Park Bridge, kicking off the master planning process to reconnect the Allegheny river with nearby neighborhoods. That site, once home to Tippins International Inc. steel, sat vacant until the Urban Redevelopment Authority this year purchased and demolished the property. [more]

April 24 , 2009

MAYOR KICKS OFF $36 MILLION OAK HILL DEVELOPMENT

Mayor Ravenstahl and Councilwoman Tonya Payne today presided over the signing of the Master Development Agreement between the City's Housing (HACP) and Beacon/Corcoran Jennison (BCJ), bringing to fruition the City's longstanding plans to complete the redevelopment of Oak Hill. [more]

April 24 , 2009

MAYOR ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF RFP FOR HILL DISTRICT MASTER PLAN

City to hire consultant to begin community-based planning process

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today the release of a request for proposals for a consultant to work with community members to create a strategic comprehensive master plan for the City's Hill District neighborhood. [more]

April 16 , 2009

MAYOR LAUNCHES LOAN FUND TO CREATE JOBS AND ENCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the creation of a new low-interest loan program geared toward small business expansion and creation. Focusing on high-tech companies, The Pittsburgh Entrepreneur Fund will provide up to $200,000 for growing businesses and young entrepreneurs who are eager to turn an idea into profitability. [more]

April 14 , 2009

GOV. RENDELL: INVESTMENTS IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY PROJECTS WILL CREATE JOBS, STIMULATE ECONOMY

ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR 12 PROJECTS THAT WILL CREATE, RETAIN MORE THAN 6,700 JOBS

PITTSBURGH – Governor Edward G. Rendell stressed the importance of investing in projects that create jobs and strengthen communities today as he announced support for 12 projects in Allegheny County that will generate nearly a half of a billion dollars in total investment for the region and create or retain approximately 6,750 jobs. [more]

March 12 , 2009

NEW VISION FOR ALLEGHENY RIVERFRONT

URA authorizes contract for consultant team to begin visioning process

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors authorized a contract for a consultant team to develop a vision for a key segment of the Allegheny Riverfront today. [more]

January 22, 2009

CITY AND URA TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING FOR $20 MILLION GRANT APPLICATION

The City will apply to the state for grant funds to advance housing development projects

The City of Pittsburgh and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will hold a public meeting to discuss the contents of a $20 million application to the state's Neighborhood Stabilization Program. [more]

January 15, 2009

VACANT SCHOOL FINDS NEW LIFE

URA approves sale and financing of the former South Hills High School

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors authorized today the sale of and financing for the former South Hills High School on Mount Washington for a $22.5 million conversion into senior housing. [more]

January 15 , 2009

EAST END HOUSING DEVELOPMENT NOW UNDERWAY

URA approves final financing for East Liberty Place North

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors authorized today the final financing for East Liberty Place North on Penn Avenue in East Liberty. [more]

October 27, 2008

CITY'S VISION TO RECAPTURE RIVERFRONTS TAKES SHAPE

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that past and future visions for the City's waterfronts are one step closer to being combined into a comprehensive planning document that will reconnect the rivers to neighborhoods and drive more development. [more]

September 11, 2008

URA TO ENTER INTO AN OPTION AGREEMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT IN LAWRENCEVILLE

Board of Directors approve proposal for parcels along Hatfield Street

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors has approved the request to enter into an option agreement for development of the largest footprint available in Lawrenceville. [more]

August 12, 2008

URA RELEASES RFP FOR MAINSTREETS PITTSBURGH PROGRAM

Proposals sought for City business district revitalization programs

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has released a request for proposals for city business districts to operate a 2009 Mainstreets Pittsburgh program in their communities. [more]

July 29, 2008

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT RECEIVES ENERGY STAR CERTIFICATION

Energy efficient homes are now available in Hazelwood

A partnership of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Pittsburgh Housing Development Corporation, and Hazelwood Initiative has been working to expand the housing opportunities in the Hazelwood neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh, as well as create an energy efficient alternative for home buyers. [more]