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15May

Former Hospital in Hill to Become Senior Housing

A former tuberculosis hospital in the Hill District is in line to become an affordable housing complex for senior citizens.

The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority board approved six months of negotiations with developer Ralph A. Falbo Inc. Thursday to convert the URA-owned site into housing.

Under the plan, Falbo is proposing 24 affordable one-bedroom units over three buildings in the old hospital complex, located at 2851 Bedford Avenue in the Hill, at a cost of $6.7 million.

“This has been needed for a very, very long time,” said URA board member R. Daniel Lavelle, a city councilman who represents the Hill.

The housing would be available to households with incomes at or below 60 percent of the area median income, according to the URA board agenda.

There also are plans to redevelop about 4,500 square feet on the ground floors of the nearby Milliones Manor for an adult day center to be operated by SarahCare. The developer also is planning upgrades to sidewalks, common area lighting, and other apartments on other parts of the site.

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