Black Tech Nation now focuses on bridging the gap between black “techies” and America’s mainstream tech community. One of its big goals for 2018 is to help fund and facilitate actual research on how many black people are working in the tech industry in Pittsburgh.
The Borough Council of Munhall has given Mayor Rick Brennan tacit approval to develop plans for a public park on land in The Waterfront development, despite entertaining a December bid from a construction company to buy the 7 acres. In his first council meeting as mayor on Wednesday, Brennan noted that several council members had voted to file the eminent domain petition in December 2016, requesting the empty lot be transferred to the town from a nonprofit that wanted to offload the tax burden. The petition also stated the borough’s intent to develop a public park there. However, last fall, the council voted to accept bids from private companies — only after Homestead-based Franjo Construction emailed an offer for much less than the land is worth. PublicSource published a story about the land in question and the controversy surrounding it a week ago.
Economists and developers believe the new tax plan will slow down the construction of affordable housing. Banks and corporations will have less they want to save on their tax bill, therefore, making it less attracting for them to buy Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.
Gaudenzia, a nonprofit drug and alcohol treatment corporation, wants to expand its presence in the Hill District. But the Hill's residents are troubled by its proposal because they believe the services are not benefitting its community members and that the company is not paying attention to the community's wishes regarding its location.
The Hill District hasn’t reaped the benefits of the economic growth experienced by the city at large, leaving some residents with a fear for the future and the feeling that their voices will continue to be dampened or dismissed entirely on matters of how their community will be developed.
After weeks of scrambling to assist the tenants, city officials and local community groups may have hashed out a plan to salvage the units that can be rehabilitated and to keep HUD’s funding eligible at the properties — or at least within the city of Pittsburgh. So it’s possible, though not certain, that tenants like Makeela and her dad could stay in their homes.
The Americans With Disabilities Act [ADA] passed nearly 30 years ago, requiring buildings to become accessible to people with disabilities, whether with automatic doors, grab bars or ramps. Decades later, ADA compliance remains spotty, especially in many of the older buildings that fill Pittsburgh's bustling business districts.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority [URA] board voted unanimously Thursday to transfer 555 acres of the Hays Woods property to the City of Pittsburgh for the creation of a permanent city park, while retaining about 89 acres of the property for future development.
It was on June 7, 2016, that Mayor Bill Peduto announced the purchase of the Hays Woods property for $5 million. “Gift of 660 acres by Pittsburgh Development Group II to create largest park in the City,” the press release read. Now, a year and five months later, plans for Hays Woods are beginning to emerge.