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Process will be model for adjacent development in Larimer, Garfield, Homewood

PITTSBURGH, PA – Joining Gov. Tom Corbett and other partners, Mayor William Peduto today lauded an additional $5 million in state funding for the ongoing East Liberty Transit Center.

“This project is about more than East Liberty — it creates another ladder of opportunity to rebuild neighborhoods next door,” Mayor Peduto said.

At a groundbreaking this morning on the latest phase of the center Gov. Corbett announced he was directing $5 million from the state’s new transportation plan to the project. The center’s funding was kickstarted by a $15 million federal grant in 2012.

The intermodal, transit-oriented center on the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway at the connection of Shadyside and East Liberty is at the center of the East Liberty Transit Revitalization District — or TRID — which is the first implementation of such a district in the state.

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Urban Redevelopment Authority chairman Kevin Acklin, URA Acting Executive Director Robert Rubinstein, and officials from the Federal Transit Administration, Port Authority of Allegheny County, East Liberty Development Inc., The Mosites Co. and others joined Gov. Corbett and Mayor Peduto at the Tuesday event.

Mayor Peduto praised the public-private efforts that have helped East Liberty neighbors turn their community into a city success story that can be repeated nearby.

“Eighteen years ago the community got together to fight blight and crime in East Liberty, and Mosites decided to work with the community on that,” the Mayor said. “Now we’ve created a model for rebuilding all our neighborhoods, and that change starts next in Larimer, Garfield and Homewood.”

The transit center project — built upon six acres of disused public and private land — will include 3,000 square feet of mixed commercial space, 357 units of market-rate housing, a 554-space shared-use parking facility and a reformatted transit station. The development will include a pedestrian bridge, elevated vehicular street and multi-use structural platform, bike-parking facility, plazas and other infrastructure upgrades.

The center is part of $2 billion billion in redevelopment that Mayor Peduto has supported in East Liberty and adjacent neighborhoods.

Today’s announcement followed a $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, administered by the Federal Transit Administration, to the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The government agencies are supporting large-scale infrastructure work for the construction of the overall project by The Mosites Co.

The center merges public and private land into a high-density, mixed-use project. Its overall infrastructure will serve transit uses and nearby district developments that together will deliver an estimated 3,000 new jobs and over $400 Million in new investment at the heart of the second busiest transit node in western Pennsylvania.