The long-vacant Larimer School will be redeveloped as affordable housing as part of a larger redevelopment in East Liberty and Larimer by the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.
Housing authority board members voted unanimously to approve the plan at their monthly meeting last week.
“We are incredibly excited about this project,” said Darrell Davis, the agency’s chief development officer.
Donna Jackson, chair of the neighborhood organization the Larimer Consensus Group, said the community wanted to see the school building preserved.
“Other communities have rehabbed schools, so why not here?” she said.
The entire four-phase Larimer/East Liberty Choice Neighborhoods redevelopment will be be 334 units when it is completed — 155 replacement units of public housing, 92 other affordable units, and 87 market rate units.
In 2016, 85 units were completed and are occupied. Another 150 are under construction and are projected to be completed by March.