Pittsburgh mother shares COVID anxieties amid colder weather and returning to the office.

Renee Robinson of Garfield reached out to PublicSource Community Correspondent Jourdan Hicks recently to discuss her experience with COVID and her concerns for moving forward with work and her child's school in the new normal. So my name is Renee Robinson. I'm 37 years old, and I live in the Garfield neighborhood. I was prompted to reach out to PublicSource because I was feeling very frustrated about trying to find a COVID test. 

Returning back into the workplace this summer, I was very anxious about, like, if I came into contact with someone because when I had symptoms before they were very mild symptoms that I had. It's very frustrating to get tested for COVID, you would have to wait, and then you'd have to call from work and then you weren't sure if you did have COVID, were you infecting people that you were getting near?

The blast furnace on the Carrie Furnace redevelopment site would not be affected by plans to redevelop 75 of the 168 acres around it. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

Develop PGH Bulletins: Allegheny County details deal to redevelop Carrie Furnace site

Develop PGH Bulletins updates you on the Pittsburgh region's economy. Check back frequently, sign up for the Develop PGH newsletter and email rich@publicsource.org with questions, tips or story ideas. 10/18/21: Rankin and Swissvale site to be sold piecemeal to nonprofit developer
Allegheny County will sell portions of the Carrie Furnace mill site to the nonprofit Regional Industrial Development Corp. for $80,000 per acre, Development Director Lance told PublicSource. The 168-acre site sits mostly within Rankin and Swissvale, and roughly 100 acres are conceivably developable, according to a summary agreement Chimka shared with PublicSource. 

The agreement divides the developable land into three tracts, and obligates RIDC to buy 39.5 acres near the Rankin Bridge, though it can do so piecemeal.

September 2021 Develop PGH Bulletins: Rejected as historic, bank branch could face demolition

Develop PGH Bulletins updates you on the Pittsburgh region's economy. Check back frequently, sign up for the Develop PGH newsletter and email rich@publicsource.org with questions, tips or story ideas. 9/28/21: Planning Commission to decide fate of former Mellon Bank branch in East Liberty
Citizens Bank wants to raze a 52-year-old bank branch building in East Liberty, and that puts the City Planning Commission in an awkward position. In June, the commission voted in favor of historic designation for the former Mellon Bank branch on Penn Avenue, based on its architecture and its role in a portfolio of unique locations built by the Pittsburgh-based financial institution. But Pittsburgh City Council, which has final word on historic designation, rejected the nomination.

The blast furnace on the Carrie Furnace redevelopment site would not be affected by plans to redevelop 75 of the 168 acres around it. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

August 2021 Develop PGH Bulletins: Plan emerging to start building on Allegheny County’s big former mill site

Develop PGH Bulletins updates you on the Pittsburgh region's economy. Check back frequently, sign up for the Develop PGH newsletter and email rich@publicsource.org with questions, tips or story ideas. 8/26/21: RIDC to take on redevelopment of Carrie Furnace site in Rankin, Swissvale
A long-quiet former steel mill site may ring with the sounds of construction next year, following a tentative pact between the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County [RAAC] and a nonprofit developer. The RAAC board voted to turn over 75 developable acres of the 168-acre Carrie Furnace site, which spans Rankin and Swissvale, to the Regional Industrial Development Corporation [RIDC]. County Development Director Lance Chimka told the RAAC board that RIDC would promptly start infrastructure work, and then construct two buildings of around 50,000 square feet near the north end of the Rankin Bridge.

The former Croatian Federal Union of America building at 3441 Forbes Ave., in an image provided to the City Planning Commission on July 27, 2021. The University of Pittsburgh seeks to demolish it, but then to rebuild the historic facade.

July 2021 Develop PGH Bulletins: Pitt brings case for Oakland building’s demolition to commission

Develop PGH Bulletins updates you on the Pittsburgh region's economy. Check back frequently, sign up for the Develop PGH newsletter and email rich@publicsource.org with questions, tips or story ideas. 7/27/21: Facade of former Croatian Federal Union building could be preserved, reused
The University of Pittsburgh’s plans to tear down a longstanding Forbes Avenue building drew no objections from the City Planning Commission at an initial briefing ahead of a hearing and likely September vote. Pitt wants to demolish the former Croatian Federal Union of America building, at 3441 Forbes Avenue. From 1963 on, the building served as the Allegheny County Health Department’s headquarters.