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Green roof to help cut rainwater runoff at Oakland's Soldiers & Sailors

Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Oakland.

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By Sam Spatter
Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 11:58 p.m.

The roof of the Soldiers & Sailors Hall in Oakland is about to sprout green vegetation.

The roof of the building at 4141 Fifth Ave. has shown signs of deterioration that has created large amounts of rain water runoff. That led the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County to approve a grant of up to $250,000 through the Allegheny County Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund, toward an estimated $563,000 project that includes other energy-saving projects.

The green covering will be on the flat portions of the roof, which run along the exterior edge. That, with other roof repairs, is expected to reduce rainwater runoff by 60 percent.

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