PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority on Friday okayed an emergency loan for Action Housing, Inc.

The loan will allow Action Housing to start advertising for bids, perhaps as early as next week, to begin the cleanup of the site of the former Poli’s Restaurant in Squirrel Hill, which was damaged by fire May 14.

The Poli’s building and the structure next door were demolished hours after the fire.

Action Housing acquired Poli’s at a sheriff’s sale two years ago for just over $400,000.

It plans to build 40 units of housing for special needs residents on the site along with office units.

No word on when the owners of the adjacent building where the fire started will remove the debris that now sits at the intersection that’s known as “the Gateway to Squirrel Hill.”

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