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DEVELOPMENT: Meetings Offer Opportunity For Engagement

Posted by Elwin Green on February 23, 2015 at 5:25 PM

Homewoodians have a full week ahead of us.


1) Tomorrow evening, the third and last meeting devoted to the Homewood Station Transit Oriented Development Study will be held at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA, 7140 Bennett Street, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Earlier meetings explained how a TRID works (the designation creates a mechanism for real estate taxes from newly-developed real estate in the district to be re-invested in that district), and solicited the community's input on how we would want TRID money to be used here, if the designation were applied. Tomorrow's meeting will present an analysis of which projects might be most feasible for such re-investment.

Refreshments will be served.


You may recall that this meeting was first scheduled for January 29, but postponed due to the brutal weather we were experiencing then.

Project spokeswoman Ivette Mongalo-Winston said that after tomorrow, the team of consultants conducting the study, led by Lynn Colosi, of Delta Development Group, will finalize their report and make a recommendation to the Urban Redevelopment Authority, which commissioned the study. That process, she said, should take a couple of months.

After that, if the decision is made to apply for a TRID designation, the application process - which requires collaboration between the City, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Port Authority, for starters - "basically takes a year."

Stay tuned.

2) On Thursday at 6 p.m., Operation Better Block will host its Monthly Community Meeting in the auditorium of the Homewood Carnegie Library. 

I don't have details of this meeting handy at the moment; will share more after touching base w/OBB.

3) On Saturday, at 1 p.m., the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group will present a "Community Conversation on Development For Us." This meeting follows up on a survey the group conducted among Homewood residents and other stakeholders in November, and will present a set of guiding principles for development based on the responses to that survey. 



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