Larimer

Community
8:07 am
Fri December 19, 2014

With a Community-Owned Development Plan, Larimer Works to Rebound

In Larimer, new houses are going up. Last June the neighborhood was awarded a $30 million Housing and Urban Development Choice Neighborhoods grant, which will go toward building 350 mixed income housing units.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

In June, the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Larimer was awarded a highly competitive $30 million Housing and Urban Development Choice Neighborhoods grant.

The money will go toward building 350 mixed income housing units. But the grant is just one step in a long and ongoing process of turning the neighborhood around.

Larimer is a small neighborhood, and much of it is made up of open space. Blocks are scored with empty lots and vacant houses. Many families moved away for better schools and less crime, leaving behind mainly elderly and low income residents.

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Art From the Ground Up
7:05 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Living Waters of Larimer Initiative Aims to Repurpose Rainwater

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With help from artists, geologists, lawyers and others, the Living Waters of Larimer initiative encourages people and government agencies to think of rainwater not as something to be disposed of but as a community asset with aesthetic and economic benefits.

It began in 2013 when environmental artist Betsy Damon had an exhibit at The Mattress Factory Art Museum on Pittsburgh’s North Side. While here she became aware of the work of community activists in the city’s Larimer neighborhood.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:28 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Will Larimer be the New Success Story of the East End?

Larimer is one of 4 cities in the United States to receive a special $30 million grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Credit Jessica Nath / 90.5 WESA

For years, East Liberty has been touted as the biggest success story of the East End.

But now Larimer has the potential to add its own chapter to the story, with the help of a $30 million dollar grant from the Choice Neighborhoods Program of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

“We certainly expect that the awarding of this grant is going to serve to kickstart a lot of the work that we’ve been engaged in, over the past seven years in particular," said Malik Bankston, executive director of the Kingsley Association.

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Larimer
4:02 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Larimer Awarded $30 Million Grant for Redevelopment

Larimer has won a $30 million grant to help redevelop.
Credit Jessica Nath / 90.5 WESA

After years of competing, Larimer has finally won a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to move forward with redevelopment plans.

The announcement was made Monday by Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner and Assistant HUD Secretary Carol Galante at the Kingsley Center.

“This is really big,” U.S. Representative Michael Doyle (D - PA - 14) said. “We were up against 43 other communities all across the United States of America, this was a serious competition.”

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Community
7:56 am
Fri April 4, 2014

City Makes Push for $30M Grant for Larimer

A small army of Larimer residents and city officials went on the offensive Thursday in an effort to convince the federal government that Pittsburgh is worthy of a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“I want to win this,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who met with a small group of HUD officials early Thursday before turning the effort over to his representatives. 

“It would not only bring $30 million into Pittsburgh but (the redevelopment of Larimer) would become a national model of sustainable housing development,” Peduto said.

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City Government
2:51 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

All But One Pittsburgh Council Member Gives Approval for $230M Larimer Project

Pittsburgh City Council gave final approval for a $230 million redevelopment project in Larimer, which focuses primarily on East Liberty Boulevard and Larimer Avenue. District 4 Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak cast the lone "no" vote.

Rudiak, who represents Carrick, Bon Air, Brookline, Beechview and Overbrook, said she had reservations about the process, partly because she’s only known about the project for 3 weeks. 

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City Government
7:25 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Council to Vote on $230 Million Larimer Development Project

A multimillion dollar redevelopment plan for Larimer got Pittsburgh City Council’s preliminary approval, but Monday’s final vote will determine the neighborhood’s possible makeover.

The $230 million development plan would be split up into three phases to address all aspects of the area: people, neighborhood and housing. It is concentrated primarily on Larimer Avenue and East Liberty Boulevard, but encompasses other streets as well.

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