Landmarks Housing Resource Center Opened in October

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The handsome, newly renovated building is hard to miss when traveling on Rebecca Street. What used to be part of a Packard car dealership years ago is now the Landmarks Housing Resource Center, a project of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.
The center, which will offer resources to historic homeowners and urban dwellers, opened to the public on Oct. 16 with an open house and workshop on how to “green” vacant lots.
The intent of the LHRC is to serve Wilkinsburg and the greater city area, said Michael Sriprasert, director of real estate development for Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.
“In essence, the LHRC will offer innovative and creative programming to encourage private investment, restoration and greening of and in communities.”
Sriprasert said that they chose to locate in Wilkinsburg in part because it is near a number of their restoration initiatives including the Crescent Building on Kelly Avenue.
More importantly, however, Sriprasert points to the community of Wilkinsburg, “The strength of the community and people coming together and saving buildings are important components. The strength of the community is evident.”
In 2010, for instance, over $10 million is being invested in Wilkinsburg.
While the LHRC will be primarily offering weekend workshops for now, Sriprasert hopes for expansion of services and support in the future.
Some workshops have a small fee, while others cost nothing. So far, workshops have included how to green vacant lots, using recycling to save money on renovation projects and a Wilkinsburg walking tour.
November workshops include:
Home Weatherization 101 with Conservation Consultants, Inc. will show homeowners how inexpensive fixes can bring you big savings. Participants will learn how to permanently reduce utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient. This workshop on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2–3:30 p.m. is free.
Last-Minute Holiday Fixes with Hannah Arnold, experienced home renovator, will demonstrate quick fixes for those wanting to get their homes ready for holiday company. This workshop on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 2 –3:30 pm is free.
All participants must RSVP to attend by contacting Mary Lu Denny, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, 412-471-5808 x527, marylu@phlf.org.
For an up-to-date list of events, Facebook users can look up the Landmark Housing Resource Center page.

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