Pittsburgh to Begin Addison Terrace Demolition

Despite likely federal budget cuts, the Pittsburgh Housing Authority board voted today to begin the demolition and reconstruction of the Addison Terrace apartment complex.

The board approved a $158 million budget for the authority’s operations and capital improvements. It assumes a cut of $8 million to $9 million in the subsidy paid to the authority by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It makes up for that, and more, by drawing on $19.7 million in reserves.

A big chunk of the budget is $33.4 million for the first phase of the reworking of Addison Terrace, a dilapidated 734-apartment complex in the Hill District. The board voted separately to approve that spending, which would pay for some razing of existing buildings, work on roads and water infrastructure, and construction of the first 80 new units.

Authority Executive Director A. Fulton Meachem Jr. called Addison Terrace “our oldest, I would say most antiquated, public housing property.” He said it would be replaced with a mixed-income community of around 400 homes.

The plan, he said, is “to bring Addison down the Hill, closer to Centre Avenue where it’s not so isolated.” Reconstruction will begin between Elmore Square and Devilliers Street, he said.

By Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542.