Deasy: $1 million awarded for improvements to Jasmine Nyree Campus

Will create community center, lay groundwork for affordable housing

HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – A $1 million state grant will fund renovations to create a community center and renovations that lay the groundwork for affordable housing at Pittsburgh’s Jasmine Nyree Campus, state Rep. Dan Deasy announced today.

Deasy, D-Allegheny, said the projects – funded by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program – will enhance quality of life for the students and families who benefit from the campus’ comprehensive special education services.

“Securing this funding is exciting because it will support JNC’s mission of helping students and other residents with special needs grow and flourish,” Deasy said. “Some of the funding will be used to create a community center where those on campus can attend events, form friendships, sharpen social skills, and share quality time with family and educators. Other funding will help lay the groundwork for affordable housing.

“I commend Christy and Joey Porter for their vision, determination and commitment to the city of Pittsburgh. I am thrilled to join Senator Fontana in supporting this project. It is vital to support ventures like this that add to the fabric of our city.”

Deasy said the three phases of the projects will include:

  • Rehabilitation of a three-story school building into a community center, including refurbishment of walls, electrical, gas, plumbing and other systems; installation of windows; refurbishment of floors, hallways, stairwells and banisters; and installation of an elevator.
  • Renovations to the 8,000-SF former convent’s roof, windows and HVAC system to prepare for affordable housing, with work to include refurbishment of walls, floors, plumbing, gas, electrical and other systems.
  • Parking lot repaving.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. 

The grantee is the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, and the beneficiary of the award is Jasmine Nyree Homes Inc.