Community Development Updates by Rick Swartz, BGC Council to consider bill allowing “granny flats” City Council will take up legislation this month to allow a second dwelling unit to be added to single-family homes in a large portion of Garfield. Homeowners and homebuilders will have a two-year trial period to see if it is feasible to convert a basement, garage or third-floor attic into a second apartment, or tuck a “granny flat” into a newly-built house, as ways to make owning a home more affordable. The homeowner would need to remain the primary occupant of the house for as [...]
Vacant, abandoned houses continue to dog Garfield neighborhood Story by Joe Reuben, Bulletin contributor Garfield - While many would say that conditions in the neighborhood have improved dramatically in recent years, Garfield remains saddled with a large inventory of vacant, seemingly abandoned houses. According to Rick Swartz, the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s (BGC) executive director, his organization’s staff recently conducted a survey of most of the neighborhood’s streets, and it revealed at least 131 empty houses, many of them in deplorable condition. “There were more ‘vacants’ than what we were expecting to find,” Swartz told The Bulletin. “While a number [...]
The Allegheny Lead Safe Homes Program seeks to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in approximately 175 eligible units throughout Allegheny County, including the City of Pittsburgh. To find out whether your dwelling is eligible for free lead paint remediation, visit the program's website.
The Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (ENEC) is proud to sponsor a Veterans event featuring Karen Payne, career advisor and case manager at the Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) of Western PA. She will present on the following opportunities to support veterans’ needs: […]
NeighborWorks Western Pa. and PNC Bank will co-host a FREE presentation for potential home buyers on Saturday, October 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how to take the right steps to homeownership! Location: Children's Home of Pittsburgh, 5324 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Lunch will be provided. To register, call 412-281-9773 or 412-281-1100 x100.
Garfield rated an editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this morning. It starts off with a slightly dated view of the neighborhood, but then gives credit where credit is due for community development.
After much anticipation, Garfield Glen had its official groundbreaking ceremony this morning. Garfield Glen, an affordable rental development, is a joint initiative of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and S&A homes. It will consist of 45 rental units, which will be a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom Energy Star-rated homes. The units will be located on sites throughout Garfield between N. Mathilda and N. Atlantic. Garfield Glen will be open for rent to households earning less than $35,000 for a family of five, $32,000 for a family of four, $29,000 for a family of three or $26,000 for [...]
The community is invited to a groundbreaking for Garfield Glen, an affordable rental housing development on scattered sites in Garfield. Join us for refreshments and speeches at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 24, at 5131 Dearborn Street (Look for the tent!). RSVP by February 17 to Aggie@bloomfield-garfield.org.