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Nadine Masagara-Taylor: How an Ohio native became an Oakland leader

By Douglas Wampler, OPDC Intern West Oakland resident Nadine Masagara-Taylor says family, fellowship, and social justice have defined her ten years of life in Pittsburgh. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Masagara-Taylor came to Oakland in 2006 as an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh and soon met her future husband, Quinzale Taylor. They began attending […]

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West Oakland homeowners capitalize on OPDC Façade Grant

Thanks to support from McAuley Ministries*, OPDC awarded façade improvement grants to four homeowners in West Oakland this summer. We provide this resource for residents who need help maintaining their homes and preserving neighborhood quality. The program is catalytic for homeowners, especially seniors, who value investing in their properties and their neighborhoods. Awardees include two […]

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OPDC to develop 49 affordable apartments through tax credit award

We’re thrilled to share that this summer the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency awarded Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) for OPDC’s Oakland Affordable Living development. With this financing we will renovate 24 existing affordable units, known as Allequippa Place, and construct 25 new units, all in West Oakland. Allequippa Place was one of the first LIHTC […]

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Welcoming students to be good neighbors

OPDC is distributing 1,500 Good Neighbor bags to students living off-campus in Oakland. University of Pittsburgh resident assistants helped us assemble the welcome packets, which include information about Oakland’s residential neighborhoods, how to get involved as a volunteer, and trash and recycling resources. OPDC created this initiative in 2012 in response to community concerns about […]

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Oakland Affordable Living Development one of four projects to increase Pittsburgh’s livability

We’re thrilled to share that the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency awarded low-income housing tax credits for OPDC’s Oakland Affordable Living development. With this financing we will renovate existing affordable units and construct new units, all in West Oakland. This site was one of the first LIHTC developments in PA and we’re proud to maintain its […]

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Happy Birthday to University Square #1, one of Pittsburgh’s first co-ops

Home to over 100 residents, North Oakland’s University Square #1 celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. OPDC had the honor of sitting down with Krista Reitz and Joan Davis, two of their longest surviving residents, to hear their stories about growing up in one of Pittsburgh’s first cooperative apartment buildings. In 1956, Krista Reitz was […]

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Solarize Allegheny is coming to Oakland and Uptown!

Solarize Oakland-Uptown is a community-supported solar campaign providing multiple quotes from qualified, local solar installers so residents and business owners can compare prices and find the best solar solution for their homes and businesses. Solarize Oakland-Uptown is made possible through the partnership with Oakland Planning and Development Corporation, Oakland Business Improvement District, Uptown Partners, and […]

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