Vintage School’s New Assignment: Mixed-Income Community

Vacant since 1980, the 122-year-old school building will be transformed by Pittsburgh's housing agency into 35 residential units.
Larimer School

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh has approved the redevelopment of the Larimer School into a 35-unit mixed-income community, according to NEXTpittsburgh. McCormack Baron Salazar will work with the city on the project, part of a larger, 334-unit affordable housing initiative funded with a $30 million HUD grant through its Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.

Located at 540 Larimer Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Homewood submarket, the three-story building is positioned within 6 miles of the city’s downtown, with a bus stop serving the 1-acre project site. A playground and a park are directly across the street, with the Penn Avenue retail corridor a half mile away.

The structure, built in 1896, was expanded in 1931 to add an auditorium and a gymnasium. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, according to public records, although the asset has remained vacant since the school shut its doors in 1980.

Earlier this year, the same developer finished work on a 278-unit community with an affordable component in Detroit.

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