URA response - February 8, 2008

URA response - February 8, 2008

The following was received via email from the City of Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority on February 8, 2008.

Dear Mr. Tessitor:

In response to your Right to Know Act request, attached is a document showing the sources of funds for the former Sunoco site at the corner of Federal and Parkhurst Streets and a timeline showing when each event occurred, beginning with the acquisition of the property by URA on February 1, 1995.

URA has submitted a Request to Initiate Consultation in Compliance with the State Hhistory Code and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for the site. &nbps; This request is being sent to Harrisburg, and Katie Molnar, the historic preservation planner for the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, has been notified of the request and has been copied.

Please contact me if you have any further questions.

Sharon M. O'Neill, Assistant General Counsel
Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
200 Ross Street, 12th floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 255-6619
Fax: (412) 255-6617

cc: Angelo Taranto, Robert Rubinstein Rebecca Davidson-Wagner


The email's attachment, mentioned above, appears below reformatted for web display with the dates in bold for easier recognition.   The original file is also available online as a .doc file (28 KB).


Actions, Funding, and Parties involved in the Former Sunoco Site at the corner of Federal and Parkhurst Streets in Central Northside.

February 1, 1995 - URA acquires Former Sunoco Site lots for $100,000 from the Sunoco Company.   Funds used to acquire the lot were Industrial Land Reserve funds, which are URA funds.

September 13, 2000 - Notice from Department of Environmental Protection received regarding remediation completion for former Sunoco Site, work done by the Sunoco Company.

September, 2003 - Sunoco Site RFP for developers distributed, no proposals selected.

May 21, 2004 - Sunoco Site RFP for developers distributed, no proposals selected.

May, 2006 - Former Sunoco site cleared including remediation and demolition of gas station.   Total cost of demolition and remediation was $29,200.   $24,550 of this was paid for through the Federal North State Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant.   $4,650 dollars was paid with State Industrial Site Reuse Program cleanup grant funds.

June 7, 2006 Carnegie Library formally expresses interest in Former Sunoco site.

September 15, 2006 - URA Board authorized sale to the library with an agreed upon purchase price of $1.00.

November 27, 2007 - Hearing petition read in City Council.   City Council action on the sale of the library was held until after a public hearing was held.

December 18, 2007 - Public Hearing at the New Hazlett Theater

December 27, 2007 - Final approval from City Council for disposition of URA owned parcels to The Carnegie Library.

Of note:

The URA has not conveyed the land to the library.   The library must present evidence of financing and final plans before the property is conveyed. This is set to occur in April 2008.

The URA is the designated applicant for a $7.75 Million RACP grant from the State for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.   The library has stated that a portion of the funds will be utilized for the Northside branch construction.