URA grant furthers campus completion

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A new round of funding will spur on renovations of the former Holy Innocents school and convent buildings, as work continues to complete the ambitious Jasmine Nyree Campus in Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood.


Since buying the former church property in 2019, Christy Porter – wife of coach Joe Porter, retired Steelers linebacker – has been working to transform the four associated buildings into an multifaceted community campus with specialized resources for children and adults with learning disabilities.


The $1 million recently awarded early by the Urban Redevelopment Authority will help transform the school into a community center with a coffee shop, bakery and conference room. Other portions of the grant will pay for a new roof, windows and HVAC system at the former convent, which will become affordable living space.


“I commend Christy and Joey Porter for their vision, determination and commitment to the city of Pittsburgh,” said State Rep. Dan Deasy in a press release announcing the funding. “I am thrilled to join Sen. Fontana in supporting this project. It is vital to support ventures like this that add to the fabric of our city.”


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