September 13, 2017
by Christian Morrow
The Community Empowerment Association will host a series of meetings ahead of the final phase of the Addison Terrace development, called the Kelly Hamilton Construction Project, which will build 54 new, single-family units along Kelly Street and Hamilton Avenue in Homewood.
The first, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 14, is introductory and will include presentations on the scope of the project, and how to get in on it as either a laborer, subcontractor, or supplier.
“It’s pretty much just name, rank and serial number,” said CEA President and CEO Rashad Byrdsong.
“The developers will be there—KBK and the Housing Authority (of the city of Pittsburgh), and so will the general contractor, which, for this, is Mistick Construction. People can come out, sign up, meet the principals.”
A second two-day series of meetings has been scheduled specifically for business owners looking to contribute their services on Sept. 19-20, and will cover issues ranging from prevailing wage laws to estimating.
“This will include two days of training for (Minority-owned Business Enterprises) who need help with getting paperwork in order—insurance, certifications, etc.—so they can become part of the project,” said Byrdsong. “We want to make sure that, on every project in Homewood, we have a local presence on the job.”
These units—a mix of affordable and market rate, two- and three-bedroom rental homes—are going up in Homewood because there was not enough available land in the Hill District where the first three phases of the development, which replaced the original Addison Terrace public housing development, were built.
With federal funding already allocated, the housing authority, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and community representatives agreed to the new location in January. Though some homeowners on Hamilton Avenue objected to the rental units, saying it would drive down property values, Operation Better Block Executive Director Jerome Jackson said at the time that the community-approved Cluster Plan calls for housing on the Hamilton Ave. sites, but doesn’t specify rental or home-ownership.
And with the federal funding in place, that means there are requirements in place not just for minority business participation, but also for direct employment in carpentry, plumbing HVAC and general labor which have to be met.
That component—the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 3 requirement that developers receiving federal funds “to the greatest extent feasible, provide job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for low- or very-low income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods”—will be the focus of a third CEA meeting, which Byrdsong said will be scheduled in November.
“With 54 units going up, there will be a good number of Sect. 3 positions available,” said Byrdsong. “But we have some time to get people signed up because this there may be some site prep, moving some dirt around, this isn’t going to really start up until spring. But people still need to get their names in.”
The Sept. 14, Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 meetings are all scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Community Empowerment Association, 7120 Kelly St. in Homewood. For more information call 412-371-3689.
Read the Pittsburgh-Courier article at https://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2017/09/13/inclusion-meetings-scheduled-at-cea-for-homewood-development-project/2/