Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rehabbed Shabby Housing Could Provide Office Space

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rehabbed Shabby Housing Could Provide Office Space

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Once dilapidated and seemingly forgotten, rejuvenated houses on a Pittsburgh street could provide an opportunity for a lawyer, artist or tech startup in need of a low-rent space - at least that's Councilman Corey O'Connor's vision.

It's too soon to talk about a possible price tag, timeline or even location of the so-called "opportunity spaces," city officials say, but the legislation Mr. O'Connor will present Tuesday would authorize the city Department of Finance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority to create a pilot program for about three houses.

"If we could get all three on one street, that's great, because then it brings a new energy. It brings new businesses there. Hopefully that spurs some economic development," the councilman said.

His resolution calls for the finance department to identify city-owned properties or those available through treasurer's sale and, with the URA, to determine which could become become "affordable commercial space for entrepreneurs and business owners" before selling it to a nonprofit. …

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