Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment approves 57 apartments at former Lawrenceville church

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A proposed residential reuse of the former Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, school and parish house on 44th Street in Lawrenceville has gotten the go-ahead from the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The decision allows a 57-unit apartment complex with 88 on-site parking spaces.

The church and the school on 44th Street have been vacant for several years.

E Properties and Development CEO Emeka Onwugbenu estimated the renovation will cost about $10.5 million. He said his rents would be from about $1,000 a month for a one-bedroom to $3,000 for a two-story apartment.

His company would own the property and hire a professional company to manage it.

The zoning board consideration included only the proposed reuse -- from institutional to residential -- and the distance between the sidewalk and a parking deck.

Several nearby residents opposed the fact that the project will add rental units and more density to the area. They also expressed concerns about additional traffic.

Representatives of Lawrenceville United, the Lawrenceville Corp., the Lawrenceville Stakeholders and about a dozen others spoke in favor.

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Diana Nelson Jones: djones@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1626.


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