Pittsburgh, Philly submit their proposals for Amazon HQ2

Pittsburgh, Philly submit their proposals for Amazon HQ2

Both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have submitted their proposals for consideration for their chance to land the highly sought after second headquarters of Amazon after they announced last month that they were looking to build a second headquarters, touting 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment for the lucky winner.

The cities met the October 19 deadline for application submittal.
Thursday, October 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
State and local officials discuss affordable housing troubles in Pittsburgh

State and local officials discuss affordable housing troubles in Pittsburgh

State representatives and local officials gathered in Pittsburgh Wednesday to discuss affordable housing and rebuilding neighborhoods across the city.

Rep. Dom Costa (D-Morningside) hosted a Democratic Policy Committee meeting in Lawrenceville, one of Pittsburgh’s most rapidly growing and changing city neighborhoods, to determine what state legislators can do to aid local efforts on the topic.

Thursday, October 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Affordable housing revenue plan hits snag at Pittsburgh City Council

Affordable housing revenue plan hits snag at Pittsburgh City Council

One city councilwoman warned Tuesday at a Pittsburgh City Council post agenda meeting that a key provision to fund Pittsburgh’s affordable housing plan may not have enough votes to pass.

Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) told a group of developers and other council members that reservations over a tax increase and the distribution of taxpayer-funded developments would hold up the bill in its current state.

“There are not 5 [votes] to support this,” Kail-Smith said. Two additional council members, Deborah Gross (District 7) and Darlene Harris (District 1) confirmed their intention to vote against the measure as it is.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council looks to attract developers with tax abatement extensions

Pittsburgh City Council looks to attract developers with tax abatement extensions

Two ordinances were introduced by Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday that would extend the application period for tax exemptions for real estate developers until the end of 2017.

The bills were moved into the council’s Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, chaired by Councilman Dan Gilman. Gilman declined to comment for this article.

The bills aim to extend the application deadline for developers to earn tax abatements on newly built or renovated properties in the Uptown District, Downtown Districts and 27 neighborhoods that the city has deemed Targeted Growth Zones.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council briefly debated legislation Wednesday that would increase the city’s realty transfer tax by one percentage point in order to provide funding for the Housing Opportunity Fund. 

The tax increase is expected to generate $10 million a year for the city to build affordable housing and rehabilitate older homes for lower-income residents. Members of council have been searching for a revenue source for the fund since it was passed by the body in December. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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