The Punch List – 9/7/18

Bee Watch. Point Park University and Allegheny Land Trust’s Project Bee Watch just finished its first survey of Allegheny County. To help locals make their gardens more bee-friendly, seven citizen scientists volunteered to collect data about native bee’s favorite pollinators (spoiler: native milkweed). In unrelated bee watch news, South Side’s beloved Beehive Coffeehouse is shutting down. C’est la bee.

Don’t get the brews just yet. Pittsburgh’s is still (sort of) on track for a getting a national museum of beer. Since Brew: The Museum of Beer was announced in 2016, its principals still need to raise $20 million more and have started to look at sites outside of Pittsburgh. But catch its team at exhibits and events around town wherever “people want to gather and talk about beer.”

How to save a life. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, gave Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Harm Reduction Therapeutics a $3.42 million grant. Why? Harm Reduction Therapeutics wants to develop an affordable over-the-counter naloxone spray, an opioid overdose reversal medication, and Purdue is facing an on-slot of lawsuits. Purdue calls the grant “one example of the meaningful steps Purdue is taking to help address opioid abuse.” Many are calling it a strategic move for good PR.

Governor, can you spare a dime? Speaking of strategic moves, Governor Tom Wolfe, who’s up for reelection this year, has awarded Allegheny County over $30 million in state redevelopment capital assistance grants. The largest of these projects include the Mosites’ redevelopment of the historic Alfred E. Hunt Armory into two ice skating rinks as well as office, classroom, and retail space.

Get the lead out. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Pittsburgh’s Housing Authority a $1 million federal grant to remove lead paint from pre-1978 low-income facilities across the city, including units in Arlington, the Hill District, Homewood, and North Side.

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