County Council Tuesday approved a tax break that will jumpstart infrastructure improvements in East Liberty, including a new street, a new garage and an upgrade to the East Liberty bus station.
The plan will take a portion of new property tax revenue from properties within a half-mile radius and devote it to public infrastructure, the first district of its kind in Pittsburgh. The transit revitalization investment district, or TRID, should generate $13.5 million to pay the project's total $40 million cost.
The county said the improvements will help spur continued redevelopment in the area, with a new hotel and housing complex already slated for construction.
The City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Public Schools have also approved the TRID. County councilwomen Heather Heidelbaugh, R-Bethel Park, and Krista Harris, R-Bethel Park, both voted against the majority, with Ms. Heidelbaugh arguing the county was unfairly favoring one private developer over another by pledging tax dollars.