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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT

Port Authority of Allegheny County

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. 21-07

Port Authority of Allegheny County (Authority) is requesting proposals for the performance of the following service (“Contract Services”):

LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM SERVICES

The work under the proposed Agreement(s) consists of Light Rail Transit Engineering Services (LRTS) in the following categories:

  1. LRV (Light Rail Vehicle) and LRT (Light Rail Transit) System Design; and
  2. Way and Facilities Systems Design

The Contract Services will include, but are not limited to, engineering studies, preliminary and final designs, preparation of construction and procurement bid documents and engineering support during bidding and construction for projects identified during the term of the Agreements.

While it is currently the Authority’s intention to enter into agreements with a pool of two firms for each category, this number may be adjusted up or down, at Authority’s sole discretion, based upon the number of proposals received and Authority’s evaluation of same in relation to its light rail transit services needs in each of the categories. 

The required services will be issued on a work order basis as they are approved to proceed by Authority. The Agreement will be for a 5-year period with the option to extend the term of the Agreement up to 2 additional years at the sole discretion of Authority.        

A copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) will be available on or after July 6, 2021 and can be obtained by registering at the Port Authority ebusiness website: http://ebusiness.portauthority.org and following the directions listed on the website. Please note that Proposers must register under the ebusiness categories of ENGGAE – Engineering Gen Arch. And Eng., ENGPLAN – Engineering Planning/Studies, ENGPM – Engineering Project Management, and ENGSC – Eng. Systems/Communications for this RFP.  Proposers may also register in other categories for any future RFPs issued by Port Authority.  If you have specific questions regarding this RFP, please contact Fred Buckner at (412) 566-5467 or via email fbuckner@PortAuthority.org.

An Information Meeting for interested parties will be held at 9:30 a.m, prevailing time, July 20, 2021 via Microsoft Teams video conference and/or conference call to answer any questions regarding this RFP.

 To join by Microsoft Team video conference:

  • https://bit.ly/3dAmdBk

To join by Microsoft Teams call-in number:

  • 412-927-0245 United States, Pittsburgh (Toll)
  • Conference ID: 586 578 723#

Electronic proposals must be both received, and time stamped by a representative of the Purchasing and Materials Management Department through Authority’s Ebusiness website at or before 2:00 p.m., prevailing time, August 6, 2021, at http://ebusiness.portauthority.org.  Proposals received or time stamped by a Purchasing and Materials Management Department representative through Authority’s Ebusiness website after the advertised time for the submission of proposals shall be non-responsive and therefore ineligible for award.  Each Proposer shall be solely responsible for assuring that its proposal is timely received and time stamped in accordance with the requirements herein. Please note that a sealed Summary of Costs should NOT be submitted with the Proposal, but will be submitted at a later date as requested by Port Authority.

This Contract Services may be funded, in part, by, and subject to certain requirements of, the County of Allegheny and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).  The proposal process and the performance of the requested services will be in accordance with guidelines and regulations of the FTA “Third Party Contracting Guidelines”, FTA Circular 4220.1F, as amended, and all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Port Authority of Allegheny County, in compliance with 49 C.F.R., Part 26, as amended, implements positive affirmative action procedures to ensure that all Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (“DBEs”) have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts and subcontracts financed, in whole or in part, with federal funds, if any, provided under or for the proposed Agreement.  In this regard, all recipients or contractors shall take all necessary and reasonable steps in accordance with 49 C.F.R., Part 26, to ensure that DBEs have the maximum opportunity to compete for, and perform contracts and subcontracts for, the Contract Services. 

Port Authority of Allegheny County, in compliance with 74 Pa.C.S. § 303, as may be amended, also requires that certified Diverse Businesses, (“DBs”) have the maximum opportunity to compete for, and perform contracts and subcontract for, the Contract Services.  In this regard, all Proposers, and the Contractor, shall make good faith efforts, in accordance with 74 Pa.C.S. § 303, to ensure that DBs have the maximum opportunity to compete for, and perform contracts and subcontracts for, the Contract Services.

Further, proposers and the Contractor shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, disability, national origin, sex, sexual origin, gender identity or status as a parent in the award and performance of contracts or subcontracts for these Contract Services

Port Authority of Allegheny County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.

 

Notice of Program Availability

Allegheny County, through its Department of Economic Development, wishes to announce that applications are available for the Allegheny Housing Development Fund (AHDF) 2021 Program Year (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 – Or until the 2022 Application is published).  The Allegheny Housing Development Fund may provide project funds from one or more of the following sources: 

1.HOME Investment Partnerships Program

2.Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

3.Affordable Housing Trust Funds (Act 137)

4.Other Funds, as available

Note that this application is required if you are proposing housing and CDBG is the sole source of funds you are requesting.

AHDF provides funding for projects that may include the following:

1.New construction of low/moderate income multi-family or senior rental housing.

2.Conversion of existing properties into low/moderate income multi-family or senior rental housing, such as old schools, warehouses, and municipal buildings.

3.Rehabilitation of vacant, existing multi-family rental housing developments for rent to low/moderate income tenants, either families or seniors.

4.New construction of single-family units (detached) or townhomes (attached) for purchase by low/moderate income buyers.

5.Rehabilitation of existing single-family or townhome units for purchase by low/moderate income buyers.

6.Projects with multiple funding sources, such as Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HUD mortgage loans or other funds from a non-County of Allegheny source.

7.Programs to provide purchase assistance for households wishing to become homebuyers.

Applicants need to complete the AHDF application whether or not state or other funds are also being pursued, and other applications may not be substituted for the AHDF application.

Projects considered for funds under this program are intended to stabilize neighborhoods whose viability have been and continue to be damaged by the economic effects of properties that have experienced or are continuing to experience disinvestment; or to locate housing in areas of opportunity that provide low/moderate income persons with improved access to transportation options and enhanced school and/or employment opportunities.  Projects with funding only from the County without other sources are typically not awarded funding.

Funds awarded will be secured by a mortgage (or mortgages) placed on the property for a period of five to forty years.  Funds are not provided in the form of grants.  Affordability provisions run concurrently with the term of the mortgage(s).

Applicants are encouraged to identify all members of their development team in the application, such as architects, engineers, attorneys, marketers and general contractors.  Team members that are not identified via this application’s procurement process will be required to be procured via the Allegheny County procurement process, including public advertisement for professional or construction contracts of $30,000 or more.

Recipients of AHDF funds will be bound by Federal, State and County regulations including, but not limited to, those related to fair housing, equal employment opportunity, prevailing wage law, relocation and property acquisition, lead-based paint, provision of opportunities to Minority-, Women- and Disadvantaged-owned business enterprises (M/W/DBE) and to Veterans Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) and Section 3 opportunities. 

The majority of the funds utilized require that households with incomes of no more than 80% of the Area Median Income be served.  AHDF funds should be leveraged with other development dollars secured by applicants.  HOME funds for rental projects require that tenants have incomes below 60% of AMI.

Application available:

https://www.alleghenycounty.us/economic-development/developers/index.aspx

or contact N Wetzel Allegheny County Economic Development at (412) 350-3724 or by e-mail @ nwetzel@county.allegheny.pa.us .

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Submission of an application in no way guarantees an award of funds.

 

COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ANDNOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS (“FONSI/RROF”)

July 14, 2021

City of Pittsburgh

Office of Management & Budget

Community Development Division

City County Building

414 Grant Street, Room 501

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

412-255-2211

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, the Urban Redevelopment Authority City of Pittsburgh, and the City of Pittsburgh.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about July 30, 2021 the City of Pittsburgh (City) will authorize the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP), the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) and the City to submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to release of the following federal funds to undertake a rental housing development known as Fifth Dinwiddie Apartments: (a) HACP Moving to Work funds under the 1937 Act as modified by the 1996 and 1999 Consolidated

Appropriations Act; (b) Low Income Housing Tax Credits under IRS Code Section 42; (c) 2019 Housing Opportunity Funds (HOF); (d) Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement funds (PHARE); and (e) Section 8 Project Based Voucher (PBV) program under the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 as modified by the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016.  

The release of the aforementioned funds will be for the purposes of developing Fifth Dinwiddie Apartments at 121 Dinwiddie Street, which includes 23 units with PBV subsidy to assist low income households. The overall project consists of two new structures joined by a skybridge which will include a total combination of 171 for rent residential units and commercial retail space on vacant parcels, which are currently surface parking lots. The developer is Bridging the Gap Development, LLC. The Moving to Work funds is approximately $2,000,000. The 2019 Housing Opportunity Funds (HOF) and the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancements funds (PHARE) are estimated at $500,000 and $1,000,000, respectively. The total projected cost for the project is approximately $58,246,874.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The City of Pittsburgh has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR). The ERR will be made available to the public for review either electronically or by U.S. mail. Please submit your request by U.S. mail to City of Pittsburgh, Office of Management and Budget, 414 Grant St, City County Building Room 501, Pittsburgh, Pa 15219 or by email to Whitney.Finnstrom@pittsburghpa.gov

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to:

Whitney Finnstrom

City of Pittsburgh

Office of Management and Budget

Community Development Division

414 Grant St

Room 501

Pittsburgh, PA  15219

412-255-2211

OR

Whitney.Finnstrom@pittsburghpa.gov

All comments received by July 29, 2021, will be considered by the City of Pittsburgh prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The City of Pittsburgh certifies to HUD that William Peduto in his capacity as Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied.  HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh to use funding sources (a) through (e) identified under Request for Release of Funds above.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Pittsburgh certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Pittsburgh; (b) the City of Pittsburgh has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.  Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the HUD Field Office of Public Housing in Pittsburgh at PittsburghPIH.ER@hud.gov or (412) 644-6932 and Community Planning and Development Division to Mr. Phillip McKeough, at Phillip.E.McKeough@hud.gov or (412) 644-5846.  Potential objectors should contact the HUD Field Office of Public Housing in Pittsburgh via email to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

William Peduto

Mayor

City of Pittsburgh

 

 

THE BOARD OF PUBLIC

 EDUCATION

OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

OF PITTSBURGH

Sealed bids will be received in the Bellefield Avenue Lobby, Administration Building, 341 South Bellefield Avenue until 11:00 A.M. prevailing time August 3, 2021 and will be opened at the same hour in the administration building cafeteria:

Window Cleaning-Various Locations

General Information regarding bids may be obtained at the Purchasing Office, 341 South Bellefield Avenue, RM 349 Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  The bid documents are available on the School District’s Purchasing web site at:   www.pghschools.org     

Click on Our Community; Bid Opportunities; Purchasing – under Quick Links.

The Board of Public Education reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or select a single item from any bid.

We are an equal rights and

opportunity school district

 

 

 

ALLEGHENY COUNTY,

PENNSYLVANIA

FY 2020 ANALYSIS OF

IMPEDIMENTS

TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE (A.I.)

Notice is hereby given by Allegheny County Economic Development that it has prepared an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (A.I.) for the period of the current Five Year Consolidated Plan of FY 2020 through FY 2024.  A copy of the draft of the 2020 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (A.I.) is available for public review and comment. The A.I. will be available from Thursday, July 15, 2021 through Friday, July 30, 2021, a period of fifteen (15) days. The draft A.I. is online and may be viewed on the Allegheny County website at https://www.alleghenycounty.us/economic-development.

All interested residents and organizations are encouraged to review and comment on the “Draft AI.”  Any written comments may be mailed to Allegheny County Economic Development, at the above address. Email comments may be sent to Nathan.Wetzel@AlleghenyCounty.US   After the review period is over, all comments will be taken into consideration and if necessary, revisions will be made. The A.I. will be submitted to the County Executive. If authorized by the County Executive,  the A.I. will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Federal regulations require communities that receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to complete an Analysis of

Impediments to Fair Housing Choice every five years. This document therefore coincides with the Allegheny County Five Year Consolidated Plan of FY 2020 – 2024.

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice identifies potential impediments to fair housing choice, in which individuals of similar income levels in the same housing market may have limited housing choice because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or familial status. The AI reviews public and private policies, practices, and procedures which may be affecting housing choice and recommends actions to address any identified potential impediments.

 

Lance Chimka, Director

Allegheny County

Economic Development

 

 

Hunt Armory: a commercial building located at

324 Emerson Street

The URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY of Pittsburgh will receive bids from qualified contractors for the roof replacement and façade renovation of the Hunt Armory: a commercial building located at 324 Emerson Street; in the Shadyside neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh, and all work incidental thereto required to complete the Hunt Armory Roof Replacement and Façade Renovation, until 11:00 a.m. prevailing time on the 3rd day August, 2021, via Ion Wave Technology (IWT) bid procurement website (https://ura.ionwave.net/Login.aspx).

Contract documents will be available after 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, only on IWT. Paper copies will not be available for pickup. Contract documents will not be mailed. Bids will only be accepted through IWT.

A pre-bid meeting will be held ON SITE (324 Emerson St) on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Please email Paul Martinchich, Engineering Project Manager pmartinchich@ura.org to obtain additional information for this meeting. All interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend. All meeting attendees should park at the northern end of the street near the loading dock.

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