Krause Commons

2607 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Status: Completed in November of 2018

Program: 33 units of affordable housing, half with a preference for individuals with intellectual disabilities, Two floors of commercial space

Total Development Cost: $16.3M

Funding Partners: Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, BNY Mellon, National Equity Fund, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Jewish Residential Services

Community Partners: Jewish Residential Services, Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition

Development Team: 4080 Architecture, Mosites Construction, Iams Consulting, Morris Knowles


Constructed in 2017 and 2018, Krause Commons is a new six-story building located on the former site of Poli’s Restaurant in Squirrel Hill, one of Pittsburgh’s strongest communities. Krause Commons is a supportive housing development comprised of 33 units, half of which have a preference for those with intellectual and/or mental health disabilities; the other half are general occupancy. The first two floors are home to Jewish Residential Services (JRS) which operates an expanded Howard Levin Club house on the first floor. Their administrative offices are located on the second floor. By having the Howard Levin Clubhouse and JRS administrative offices in the building, the service component for our residents is readily available, helping to eliminate the sense of isolation that special needs individuals may have when they live in scattered site housing. General occupancy units have been designed as work-force housing for those income eligible individuals who work in the area and who have few options for decent apartments.