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Fourteen foreclosed or abandoned houses -- seven each in the Sheraden and Stanton Heights neighborhoods -- will be purchased and rehabilitated. The Pittsburgh Housing Development Corp. will handle the houses in Sheraden. East Liberty Development Inc. will take care of those in Stanton Heights. The East Liberty group will work with the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association. The city Urban Redevelopment Authority authorized $333,400 to each organization for the work.

B.D. Mongolian Grill, 428 South 27th St., South Side, will seek approval on Thursday from the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment to place three four-seat tables on the sidewalk on a sesonal basis. Locomotive Development LP wants to add eight parking spaces to the 26 it has at 4840 Harrison St., Lawrenceville, where it plans to build multi-unit residential buildings. The owner of the Renaissance Hotel, Downtown, RLJ II RH Pittsburgh LP, wants a new sign for the hotel. David A. Rohrich will seek approval for a sign for his Rohrich Chevrolet storeroom, 2676 W. Liberty Ave., Brookline. The Stephen P. Schachner Revocable Trust will seek approal for a three- story, six-unit residential building at 238 Atwood St., Oakland.

A real estate forecast event for Cranberry Township will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sheraton Four Points hotel in Cranberry. Howard "Hoddy" Hanna III, CEO of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, will review the market. He will be joined by Yvonne Guthrie, vice president and manager of the Hanna Cranberry office. Those planning to attend are asked to call 724-452-1100.

An 8,400-square-foot, pre-engineered weld shop is being constructed for Dominion Transmission Inc. in Greensburg by General Industries Inc. of Charleroi. Completion is scheduled in April, Don Ivill, General Industries president, said.

Gino Torriero, Nello Construction Co., has been elected chairman of the Master Builders' Association Young Constructors. Jennifer Landau, Landau Building Co., is vice-chairman.

Metals Foundation Inc., a Pittsburgh-based company that specializes in the design, engineering and installation of steel foundations, has opened an office in Fort Worth, Texas. Sherry Leigh, Metal's director of marketing, is leading the new office. Fort Worth is the first of a handful of offices Metal Foundations plans to open nationwide, said CEO Geoffrey Feidelberg. He is COO of Shaner Capital LP.

Landau Building Co. of McCandless is building the Wayne Center, a media arts facility at Robert Morris University. The building, scheduled for completion in August, will have 37,000 square feet and include media art workshops -- such as print labs, metal and wood shops, and photo labs -- on the first floor and faculty offices on the second and third floors.

A report from Builder Online covering 12 months through September said new home sales in the Pittsburgh market declined 17.2 percent. There were 1,521 homes sold, down from 1,550 for the year ended in August. The average mortgage size was $249,219 in September, up 18.2 percent from the same month in 2010. New homes were 6.3 percent of all house sales during the time. A year earlier in September, they made up 5.5 percent. Foreclosures and real estate owned sales together made up 17.6 percent of home sales during that period; a year earlier in September they made up 22.9 percent.

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Ellen Livingston has earned the accredited buyer representation designation from the Real Estate Buyers Agent Council Inc. …