Affordable Senior Housing is Under Construction on Mt. Washington


It's underway, and 50% of the construction is completed! Almost 163,000 square feet of affordable senior apartments will be available for lease when South Hills Retirement Residence is completed in Mid 2010.

It's been over 20 years since South Hills High School closed its doors as a public high school in Pittsburgh. Now this 1917 structure is being brought back to life. The rehabilitation includes 106 units of senior apartments and two commercial spaces on the ground floor. The project is being developed by a.m. Rodriguez Associates inc., an award winning developer with 8 existing senior housing properties in the Pittsburgh area. South Hills Retirement Residence will be a four-story building that will provide 106 apartments for seniors with amenities that include numerous common areas such as a craft studio, library, dining/multi-purpose room, hair care center, exercise room, laundry facilities, lounges, outdoor terrace/greenhouse and landscaped courtyard. Van transportation will be provided for access to shopping areas in Pittsburgh.

The project will help to keep Pittsburgh on the leading edge of the green building movement. The building is planned to achieve a LEED Gold Certification and will include cutting edge technology funded by a $500,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Energy Production Authority (PEDA). This cutting edge technology includes a co-generation power plant and a photo voltaic solar array, both of which will produce electricity on site. Local funders and participants include the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) who committed $3,000,000, a $1,500,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Grant (RACP) committed by Senator Wayne Fontana and Action Housing, Inc, who is partnering in the project. The total development cost is $23,282,331.

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