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Planning Commission OKs Hazelwood charter school plans

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6:17 p.m.

Pittsburgh Planning Commission members OK'd plans Tuesday for a Propel charter school in Hazelwood.

The school would be in an empty building on Elizabeth Street that used to house St. Stephen Catholic School. Propel, a nonprofit charter school operator, intends to teach up to 300 kindergarten-through-sixth grade students there.

This is Propel's second attempt to open a school in Hazelwood. Pittsburgh Public Schools last year denied Propel's application to operate at the former Burgwin School.

Also Tuesday, Downtown-based Oxford Development Co. briefed commissioners on scaled-back plans for Hot Metal Flats, a five-story, 117-unit apartment building in SouthSide Works. Construction on the $30 million project would start in April, planning documents show.

Oxford originally conceived Hot Metal Flats as a $40 million, eight-story building with 173 units.




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