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BRIEF: $250,000 grant awarded to Lawrenceville retail-residential project
[December 13, 2012]

BRIEF: $250,000 grant awarded to Lawrenceville retail-residential project

Dec 13, 2012 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority members voted unanimously today to award a $250,000 grant for a proposed retail and residential development on Penn Avenue in Lawrenceville.

The Authority awarded the community infrastructure and tourism grant for the $7 million, 48,000-square-foot Shops at Doughboy development, which would feature street-level retail space and apartments above it.

Paul Svoboda, special projects manager for the city Urban Redevelopment Authority, which requested the grant, said the money would be used for site work in preparation for the development. He said it was the last piece of financing needed before the project could begin.

The development, he said, would serve as a bridge between Lawrenceville and the Strip District.

The developers, October Development and Senko Construction, hope to begin work in the spring. Mr. Svoboda said they are still working with community organizations to refine the design.

The community infrastructure and tourism grant program is funded through state gambling revenues. The Lawrenceville project also has received a $1 million state redevelopment assistance capital grant.

Mark Belko: or 412-263-1262.

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