Hazelwood Initiative's mission is "building a stronger Hazelwood through inclusive community development". One of the ways we have sought to expand on this mission is through the purchase of the Gladstone School. After an open bid was conducted by the School Board, HI was awarded the rights to purchase the school in 2015. After a subsequent and lengthy legal proceeding regarding the sale, HI was finally permitted to continue with the neighborhood plan of increasing affordable housing and move forward with plans to develop this site in March of 2019. Since then, HI has worked collectively with residents and planners to develop a design that will result in 53 total units, 44 of which will be permanently affordable housing.
We are currently awaiting a decision on the request for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, which are vital to fund this exciting project. Please continue to visit this page for updates.
On November 15, 2019, HI and its development partner (The Community Builders) applied for PA Low-income Housing Tax Credits to begin this transformation. The process of getting the tax credits is highly competitive and time consuming. There is no timeline yet for when these affordable apartments will become available. Watch this website for more information as it becomes available.