Construction on Krause Commons

Construction of a 33-unit affordable housing complex in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood is expected to start this week. Action-Housing Inc. will build the six-story Krause Commons at the former Poli’s Restaurant property on Murray Avenue.

Lena Andrews, development officer with Action-Housing, said the site was ideal because of the community surrounding it.

“We really like to build our projects in strong neighborhoods that have access to a lot of amenities,” Andrews said.

The development will increasing income diversity in Pittsburgh’s more affluent neighborhoods. The median income for a family of two in Pittsburgh is $57,000, according to recent city data.

Krause Commons will be available to households making less than $34,000, or 60 percent of the area median income, with half of the units reserved for individuals with intellectual and mental health disabilities.

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