City, Urban Redevelopment Authority Investing $72,000 in Community-Driven Project at Former Beltzhoover Elementary School
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 16, 2020) The City of Pittsburgh and Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) announced today that they are investing $72,000 in improvements to the historic former Beltzhoover Elementary School as part of the URA’s Neighborhood Initiatives Fund (NIF) program. The investment was presented to the Beltzhoover Consensus Group today, who intend to redevelop the former school using a community-driven revitalization strategy.
The former Beltzhoover Elementary School is a historic 60,000 square-foot building purchased by the Beltzhoover Consensus Group in 2018 with the intention to create a community center to meet the needs of the neighborhood, including affordable housing and a shared community space. Phase I of the revitalization project includes roof repairs and stabilization, an environmental site assessment, existing condition plans, and community outreach and engagement. The community group is working with additional partners on the project, including Neighborhood Allies, Heinz Endowments, and the Birmingham Foundation.