Even as talk swirled about the possible loss of reasonably priced rental housing in East Liberty, state and local officials joined residents of nearby Larimer to celebrate the ribbon cutting for phase 1 of Larimer Pointe—a $13.4 million development built by KBK Enterprises comprised of 40 townhomes, all of them affordable.
“This is what I’m talking about,” said state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-East Liberty. “We need more affordable housing, not less. Tying in with the Larimer School senior housing project, this can be a catalyst for the entire neighborhood.”
The development, which runs along Meadow Street and Larimer Avenue, occupies 3.6 acres and, with the added green space, aligns with the goals of the Larimer Vision Plan to create a green community and re-establish a “front porch culture.”
Developer Keith B. Key said he was proud to have been asked to take on the project. His firm was selected in 2012, he said, not only for its demonstrated capacity and skill, but also for its commitment to MWBE contractor and supplier inclusion, and for its Section 3 employment of community residents.
In addition to Key and Gainey, other community leaders attending including Mayor Bill Peduto’s Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin, Pentecostal Bishop Loren Mann, Kingsley Association Executive Director Malik Bankston, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Executive Director Brian Hudson, Urban Redevelopment Authority Housing Director Tom Cummings and Housing Authority Chief Development Officer Nate Bowe.