URA sells Larimer property to Steel City Squash to build new recreation and education center

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The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors has voted to sell land in the city’s Larimer neighborhood to a local nonprofit that will build a recreation and education center on the site. .

The board voted unanimously to sell the Larimer Avenue property to Steel City Squash, a nonprofit launched in 2015 to provide programs for city youth. The organization provides education, mentorship, community service and travel opportunities, and teaches the sport of squash.

The authority sells the land for $122,000 plus expenses.

Steel City Squash plans to use the site for a new $9.9 million, 19,000 square foot facility that will include squash courts, classrooms, exercise equipment and community meeting spaces.

“It will be really good for Larimer and just great for the city as a whole,” said R. Daniel Lavelle, vice chairman of the URA board of directors and member of the city council.

The program is funded through various grants, the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, private funding and a fundraising campaign.

URA funding for the initiative includes a $200,000 Avenues of Hope commercial real estate loan.

Steel City Squash’s Lafe Metz told the URA the nonprofit was “tremendously grateful” for the support from the authorities.

URA board member Lindsay Powell thanked the nonprofit for working with neighborhood groups to address any concerns they may have had about the development.

Julia Felton is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Julia by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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