Three historic Wilkinsburg home renovations are nearing completion and are for sale. Part of the Hamnett Place Restorations Phase II, these homes join four other renovations by the
Pittsburgh History and & Landmarks Foundation
in the National Register-listed historic district. Buyer incentives are offered, and income restrictions apply.
David Farkas, director of Main Street programs, say PHLF believes preservation should not just result in a restored building, but should also achieve other social benefits.
“The product that we're getting [in Wilkinsburg] is a restored house…for low or moderate income individuals, which is great,” Farkas says. But in addition to the home itself, the restoration adds stability to the neighborhood, and residents that are engaged and want to be a part of this momentum, he adds.
All three homes--located at 517 Jeanette Street, 833 Holland Avenue and 845 Holland Avenue--are over 1,900 sq. ft. and feature new electrical, plumbing, insulation, and energy efficient HVAC systems.
The 11-month, $1 million project has received funding from the PHLF, the Allegheny Foundation, and the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development. Over $11 million in development has gone into the Wilkinsburg area.
“Part of the reason that PHLF is investing so heavily with its partners in Wilkinsburg is because of the wonderful historic buildings that exist in the neighborhood,” Farkas says. “And because we’ve been at it now for a number of years, we're really starting to see the results of that work in conjunction with the residents that are living in the area.”
A tour of the homes will be held on Saturday, September 10th, from 11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. The tour will include information about the restoration process and financial incentives for potential buyers. For more information and to RSVP, contact MaryLu Denny: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-471-5808 ext.527.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: David Farkas