October 30, 2012 | Vol. 73 No. 13

Market House returns as S.S. polling place

Voting polls will return to the South Side Market House for this year’s presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and that completed second-floor renovations will enable programming to resume mid-month.

Additionally, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Produce to People program has also resumed at the Market House.

“The South Side Market House is a valuable piece of our city’s historic fabric that offers quality programming for senior residents,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.

The project’s second phase, to be completed in mid-November, includes a remodeled gym and renovation of the entire second floor, bringing complete ADA-accessibility. Citiparks committed $20,000 for the project’s second phase materials and the city’s Facilities Maintenance staff provided the labor. Extensively rehabilitated restrooms and showers received new fixtures, plumbing and ceramic tile. The gym, offices and facilities have been repainted, and the office areas received new floors. The gym floor was also refinished.

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Produce to People program distributes produce and other grocery items to qualifying needy families in neighborhoods across Allegheny County. Families often carry away more than 40 pounds of food, but are reminded to bring their own boxes, bags or wheeled carts.

Earlier this year, senior residents celebrated the Market House’s reopening and completed first phase of renovation, which included full access to the building’s first floor, new office and meeting room, upgraded paint and doors, flat screen TVs, easier access and new signage. The project, originally slated for almost $1 million in repairs, cost under $250,000 thanks to in-house work provided by the city’s Public Works department, thereby saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Market House, almost 100 years old, is one of the largest of the city’s 15 healthy active living centers and also serves as a recreation facility. The center is open and available to seniors Monday through Friday, is utilized by organizations for various programs including youth dance programs and sporting leagues, and is used once a month by the Food Bank.

The market house building, closed in 2011 due to structural deficiencies, is one of the last two remaining 19th century market houses in Pittsburgh.

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