Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Good for Garfield the Community Moves to Put Trouble Behind

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Good for Garfield the Community Moves to Put Trouble Behind

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Garfield and good news don't often go hand in hand.

The neighborhood for too long has been the victim of violence, illegal drug trafficking and a glut of abandoned housing. But a week and a half ago 10 elected officials and community leaders stabbed gold-colored shovels into a patch of dirt on Dearborn Street in a gesture that announced Garfield has been moving in the right direction and has plans to keep on going.

The ceremonial kickoff is the start of construction on 45 rental homes. When finished, there will be a mix of two-, three- and four- bedroom homes between North Mathilda and North Atlantic streets, open to households earning less than $35,000 for a family of five, $32,000 for four, $29,000 for three and $26,000 for two-person families.

Already 115 people are on a list to apply for the rentals. The community has added another 45 new homes that were for sale, not rent, and 10 more houses will be renovated.

This effort has been led by the Bloomfield-Garfield Corp. …

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