HOME OWNERSHIP

Over the past 25 years, the BGC has renovated or built more than 200 units of rental and owner-occupied housing in Garfield, Bloomfield, and Highland Park. By mid-2010, a total of 50 such houses had been built over an eight-year period, in collaboration with our partner, Garfield Jubilee Association.

The BGC works to make decent, affordable housing available for all residents of our community.  We acquire vacant and abandoned property from the city’s property reserve to pass on to responsible and financially sound developers for redevelopment. We also renovate and build new homes to offer for sale to owner-occupants.

Although high utility bills can keep many families from owning homes, the new homes built by the BGC, in partnership with the Garfield Jubilee Association and others, meet federal EnergyStar standards to make homeownership a manageable goal for all families.  By providing affordable housing, the BGC is helping create a more stable neighborhood where residents can afford more than just their basic expenses.

Listen to BGC Executive Director Rick Swartz talk about affordable housing on WESA-FM.

RENTAL PROPERTIES

Garfield Glen, a scattered-site housing plan, is a key component of Garfield’s 20-year housing and land-use plan. The Glen consists of 45 detached housing units of varying styles and sizes. Units with two, three and four bedrooms will be available. This is a partnership with S&A Homes.

Households earning less than $35,000 a year will be eligible to rent, with an option of buying the unit outright after 15 years.

The units are conveniently located on Kincaid, Broad, and Dearborn Streets between North Mathilda and North Atlantic.  The PA Housing Finance Agency provided some funding for the project in the form of $1.17 million in federal tax credits for private investors. Additional funds came from Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, which announced in June 2011 that they would lend $1.7 million to the project. A groundbreaking took place on February 24, 2012.

There is currently a waiting list for Garfield Glen units. If you are interested in being a tenant at Garfield Glen, please contact NDC Real Estate Management at 412-647-7410.

GARFIELD 2030

To capitalize on momentum in our neighborhood, the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation provided the impetus for “Garfield 2030,” an ambitious master plan to make Garfield a neighborhood of choice for residents and businesses. Garfield 2030 arose out of community meetings held in 2009. The final plan was presented to the community on April 29, 2010.

Some goals identified by the community were:

  • to increase population
  • to promote the creation of a viable, affordable neighborhood
  • to improve housing quality and reduce vacancy rates

Consultants Perkins Eastman took Garfield 2030 from theory to practice by breaking the 2030 goals into manageable steps. The result is a final Neighborhood Investment Strategy.

Some strategies to achieve Garfield 2030’s goals have been to:

  • Start homeowner/block associations
  • Provide financial and homeowner education classes for residents
  • Analyze adequacy of street lighting
  • Establish a multi-year schedule for street paving
  • Create a hilltop park and recreational facility
  • Develop a Garfield Vacant Lot “Handbook” of improvements that private owners and organizations can make.

Download a copy of the final “Garfield 2030” plan