The Pittsburgh Housing Authority board voted Thursday to steer $3.5 million to a planned redevelopment of low-income housing that would bridge a revived East Liberty and a still-struggling Larimer. The $3.5 million allows the authority to move residents out of the 28-unit Auburn/Hamilton-Larimer apartments, built in 1964, and begin to demolish them and prepare the site for new housing.
The authority plans to apply for a federal Choice Neighborhoods grant and is seeking low-income housing tax credits. If those funding bids are successful, the authority plans to work with the Urban Redevelopment Authority to combine the site with the nearby East Liberty Gardens complex and build a new, 155-home mixed-income community.
The authority expects to work with developer McCormack Baron Salazar, of St. Louis. The URA is working with Columbus, Ohio-based KBK Enterprises, said Ricky Burgess, chair of the authority board and the city councilman for Larimer.