The Carina Apartments (North Negley Residences)

Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Type: Affordable | Multi-family | LIHTC
Construction Cost: $11.6 Million
Square Footage: 63,882 GSF
Number of Units: 45
Completed: February 2023
Client: Catalyst Communities (now Beacon Communities)
Architect: Desmone Architects

The Carina Apartments (formerly North Negley Residences) is a mixed-rate housing development at the former B’Nai Israel Synagogue and School in Pittsburgh’s Garfield Neighborhood. The building, which initially served as the B’Nai Israel Synagogue, was built in 1923 and named a historic landmark in 1979. It closed as a synagogue in 1995, and then housed the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School.

Construction consisted of renovation of the two-story classroom wing and new construction of a two-story addition creating 45 residential units, 38 of which are affordable between 20% and 60% AMI. This is a Passive House design which can be considerably difficult to accomplish within an existing structure. Exterior finishes include horizontal fiber cement siding, panels, and existing brick. The URA, HACP, and PHFA all played an integral role in the development of this project.