Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Braddock Welcomes 24 New Apartments All Will Have Views of the Valley and the Borough's Commercial District

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Braddock Welcomes 24 New Apartments All Will Have Views of the Valley and the Borough's Commercial District

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Twenty-four apartments built on the site of UPMC Braddock are symbols of beauty rising from ashes, the Rev. Richard Wingfield said Friday.

Rev. Wingfield offered that observation as part of his invocation at the formal opening of a new neighborhood in Braddock called The Overlook.

All of the dwellings have views of the Monongahela River valley and the borough's commercial district. They adjoin what eventually will be a community park.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald described the $9.5 million apartment project as a victory for intergovernmental cooperation. He had special praise for his predecessor in office, Dan Onorato, and U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills. The two men kept pressure on UPMC, which operated and then demolished its Braddock hospital, to fast-track and support redevelopment efforts, he said.

UPMC provided $3 million that made the site eligible for $3 million in state aid.

"It was amazing to see how fast these apartments went up," Braddock resident Pat Morgan said before the ribbon-cutting.

William J. Gatti Jr., president of TREK Development Group, agreed. "A year ago, this was a pile of dirt," he said. "Today we have 24 homes."

TREK partnered with architects at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative and Mistick Construction as the development team for the project. The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, working with Braddock Borough and Braddock Hospital Working Group, picked TREK for the project.

The next stage of the redevelopment effort will be a commercial building that will become home to an urgent-care center. That facility will offer some of the medical services that had been available at UPMC Braddock.

The urgent-care center will be open to Medicaid patients in addition to people with most private health insurance plans. Medicaid is a state and federal health insurance program serving low- income residents. …

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