Pittsburgh proposes buying building housing West End Healthy Active Living Center

Pittsburgh officials announced a proposal to buy the building that houses the West End Healthy Active Living Center.

The building at 80 Wabash St. has been home to the senior center for 21 years. The property would remain a senior center after Pittsburgh purchases it.

For the past 21 years, the city has had a $60,000 annual lease with Smith & Bowen, which owns the property. Under the proposal, the city would buy the site for $344,000, plus acquisition costs, which would bring the total cost to the city to $374,000. City officials estimated that the lease payments would pay off the property within six years.

The Department of Public Works will team up with the Department of Parks and Recreation, which manages the city’s senior centers, to renovate the building over the next several years to expand senior programming.

“The center has become an integral part of our community,

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