Squirrel Hill Gateway Lofts
2607 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Status: Predevelopment; construction start in May 2017
Program: 33 units of affordable housing, half with a preference for individuals with intellectual disabilities, Two floors of commercial space
Total Development Cost: $16.3M
Funding Partners: Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, BNY Mellon, National Equity Fund, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Jewish Residential Services
Community Partners: Jewish Residential Services, Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition
Development Team: 4080 Architecture, Mosites Construction, Iams Consulting, Morris Knowles
ACTION-Housing Inc. plans to build a new six-story building at the site of a derelict vacant lot in Squirrel Hill, one of Pittsburgh strongest communities. The Squirrel Hill Gateway Lofts is a Supportive Housing development comprised of 33 units, half of which will have a preference for those with intellectual and/or mental health disabilities; the other half will be for general occupancy. The first two floors will be developed for Jewish Residential Services (JRS) to operate an expanded Howard Levin Club house and relocate its administrative offices. By having the Ira Levin Clubhouse and JRS administrative offices on the first and second floor, the service component for our residents will be readily available, helping to eliminate the sense of isolation that special needs individuals may have when they live in scattered site housing. General occupancy units are designed as work-force housing for those income eligible individuals who work in the area and who have few options for decent apartments.
This unique project will eradicate blight, bring income diversity to an extremely desirable neighborhood, create much needed supportive and affordable housing and catalyze thoughtful development of a highly visible gateway location.