Funding approved for two new housing developments in the Mon Valley

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Two new affordable housing projects have been approved for construction in Allegheny County by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, according to a release from state Sen. Jim Brewster, D-McKeesport.

The housing projects will be built in McKeesport and Duquesne.

The Yester Square development in McKeesport will be built on the location of the Crawford Village public housing site, which has been known for poor living conditions. It will be built on 5.5 acres with 10 two-story buildings that contain 58 housing units.

It is being developed by the McKeesport Housing Authority, which has received $1.2 million in tax credits from the PHFA, according to the release.

The Orchard Park development in Duquesne will be built on 5.1 acres on the location of the former Burns Heights public housing complex, demolished in 2009 by the Allegheny County Housing Authority. The authority will develop the new project, which will consist of 22 buildings with 44 units, according to the release.

That project has asked for $1.5 million in tax credits.

Yester Square will house 150-200 residents, while Orchard Park will house 125-175 residents, according to Tim Joyce, chief of staff for Mr. Brewster.

The projects will soon go up for bid. Mr. Joyce estimated that construction will begin at the end of next year or the beginning of 2015.

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Jacob Axelrad: jaxelrad@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1634 or on Twitter: @jakeaxelrad.


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