Legislation given preliminary approval by Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday would give the firefighters union $20,000 in Neighborhood Needs money for improvements to a new union hall.
The International Association of Professional Firefighters Local 1 bought the Hungarian Club in Hazelwood for use as the group's first union hall. To this point, the 100-year-old union, with more than 600 members, has been borrowing space in other groups' halls, Ralph Sicuro, vice president, and John Gardell, recording secretary, said.
The union bought the club building for $75,000. The $20,000 from the city would help put on a new roof.
"We're grateful that they chose Hazelwood, and that we're able to help with it," Councilman Corey O'Connor, who represents Hazelwood and sponsored the legislation, said.
Union officials said they'll hold CPR, fire-prevention and fire-safety classes at the hall and open the doors for use by community groups. Mr. O'Connor said the firefighters' presence will be a boon for Hazelwood, a neighborhood striving for revitalization.neigh_city
First Published June 28, 2012 12:15 AM