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Ricciardi proposes Downtown parking lot


City Council President Gene Ricciardi has sent a letter to Mayor Tom Murphy and County Chief Executive Dan Onorato suggesting that the unused parcel of land on Ross Street, between 3rd and 4th avenues, now be used for additional downtown parking.

The long-vacant Downtown jail annex formerly occupied the site of what was previously known as the Jones Law Building.

Recently, Onorato announced he was scraping plans to building a new eight-story county office building, which was to house human services and forensics employees as well as feature an upgraded forensics lab. The project carried a $55 million price tag.

Ricciardi proposed that Allegheny County lease the lot to the Pittsburgh Parking Authority to offer additional downtown parking at below market rates. He sees this as a win/win opportunity for the city and county as both will realize revenue from a lease arrangement.

“Rather than letting this land lay vacant, it would be a wise move to create additional downtown parking until a decision is made by Allegheny County to sell it to a developer or retain it for later use,” Ricciardi said. “ see this as a golden opportunity to demonstrate a positive example of city/county cooperation.”

Ricciardi, a member of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority Board, said he would be pleased to do anything possible to facilitate the project.


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