BDC seeks to prioritize grocery store access and affordable housing.
BLOOMFIELD, Jan. 30, 2024 —
Last week Bloomfield Development Corporation (BDC) filed a petition to intervene in the ongoing case regarding the appeal of the Zoning Board of Adjustments rejection of the proposed redevelopment of 4401 Liberty Avenue, former site of the Shur Save grocery store and currently a Community Market. Intervening ensures that the interests of Bloomfield, primarily new affordable housing and the inclusion of a grocery store are firmly represented.
Since 2018, BDC has engaged with residents and community members extensively about the future of this central neighborhood site. In our 2019 Bloomfield Central Gateway Guidelines process, a grocery store and housing emerged as the two most highly desired uses of the site. These priorities were reaffirmed when more than 700 community members signed onto our petition after Echo Realty first acquired the site in 2020. Further engagement since then has only continued to reiterate the desire of many to see this site redeveloped and put to better use while continuing to provide essential grocery access as a core element of the site.
The redevelopment of this site presents an opportunity for Bloomfield to add income-restricted affordable housing units for the first time since 2016. This comes at a time when “naturally occurring” affordable units are increasing in price as more high-income households seek to live in Bloomfield and investors expand Value-Add tactics.
This major gateway is currently being considered for transformation as the city has made an investment in the adjacent intersection. With more than $2 million budgeted in the 2024 Capital Budget to improve the Bloomfield Bridge intersection, Bloomfield has an opportunity to fully reimagine the gateway entrance to the neighborhood.
BDC is guided by our vision of a Bloomfield where everyone can build a home, a business, and a future. We continue to work towards actualizing that vision for Bloomfield and our neighbors. Learn more about our work at www.bloomfieldpgh.org.