A meeting for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. Photo by Kat Procyk/PublicSource)

In another round of public funding, Uptown development gets $2 million from the URA

As part of Develop PGH, PublicSource will report here about notable actions and conversations from the monthly meetings of the Urban Redevelopment Authority [URA]. The meetings are held the second Thursday of each month in the Wherrett Room on the 13th floor at 200 Ross Street. An Uptown development project that includes a parking garage, affordable housing and commercial space will get an additional $2 million in financing from the Urban Redevelopment Authority [URA]. The funding is the $61.4 million project’s latest chunk of public money, which already includes $4.2 million from the URA in future tax revenue from the parking garage. The URA board of directors approved the new funding on Thursday.

Founded in 1868, the McConway & Torley steel foundry touts itself as a neighborhood staple thanks to their worldwide success in automatic train coupler manufacturing. Emissions from the foundry include benzene, particulate matter, gaseous nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide, and metal toxics such as manganese, chromium, and lead.

In formerly blue-collar Lawrenceville, residents worry how foundry emissions could impact the future

Although air quality in Lawrenceville isn't breaking federal laws, some air quality advocates are concerned that the levels of some harmful pollutants, like manganese, have been increasing. The challenge in Lawrenceville mirrors the challenge Allegheny County has faced to rein in industrial polluters in the Mon Valley, where excessive pollution has caused the county to earn an F grade from the American Lung Association.