Wheatley says building development to get $237,000 for accessibility

Funds to help with Lower Hill residential development

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved funds to construct an accessible connection plaza at New Street and Wylie Avenue in Pittsburgh.  

Wheatley said the $237,000 will help with the first phase of the development that will include a landscaped publicly accessed paved outdoor gathering and seating area. Additionally, the area will consist of a large central stair and low seating walls, which will create an overlook of the one-acre Neighborhood Park and downtown Pittsburgh.

“This funding is imperative in making sure that the plaza of the Lower Hill residential development is easily accessible to those who have disabilities,” Wheatley said. “We want to be inclusive in that we don’t want any barriers that would stop anyone from being able to utilize outdoor spaces or seating areas.”

The project also includes installing concrete steps, handrails, fire line pavement and a high retaining wall. The total projected cost is $312,000.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is a seven-member board created to administer and fund projects from programs that are part of the economic stimulus package passed by the General Assembly in 2004. The entity falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.