Munhall Mayor Rick Brennan stands outside the borough's municipal building. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

Munhall will pursue plans for public park on the land it put up for sale — for now

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.

Gaudenzia’s proposed drug rehab expansion troubles Hill District residents, including retired police officer Brenda Tate

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.

A person walks along Hamilton Avenue in Homewood on Dec. 21, 2017. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

Pittsburgh is hoping to preserve many of the low-income Bethesda-Homewood housing units

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.

Watch your step: How Pittsburgh businesses can satisfy accessibility rules and still not be open to people with disabilities

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.