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Online map: Who owns East Liberty?

Sunday, March 26, 2000

By Steve Thomas, Post-Gazette Graphic Artist

Who owns East Liberty?

Traditionally, those who control real estate in East Liberty control the neighborhood. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, it was the Negley family. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was the Mellon family. Now, with East Liberty recovering from several decades of decline, some of the biggest property owners are the city, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority. East Liberty Development Inc., a nonprofit development group trying to resurrect the neighborhood, owns four buildings and is negotiating for a fifth. Another big one is Federal American Properties, a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. company that controls three low-income high rises housing more than 1,000 people. Along the commercial strips of Penn and Highland avenues, two of the largest landlords are Oakland real estate investor Ward Olander and Eddie Lesoon, owner of Asia Carpet and Decorating Co. Inc. on Baum Boulevard. Confident the neighborhood would recover eventually, Olander and Lesoon began buying buildings in the early 1980s, when most stores and businesses were on their way out.

Penn Avenue

1. Federal American Properties

2. Ward Olander

3. Ed Lesoon

4. Ed Lesoon

5. Ward Olander

6. Eldevco Associates

7. Joseph Soffer

8. Samuel Arabia

9. Angelo Kazalas

10. Jane Epstine

11. William Siedle

12. Anthony Diguglielmo

13. Ki Hwang

14. Daniel Kamin

15. Eastland Shops Inc.

16. City

17. Binh Vu

18. Lerner Shops Inc.

19. Gill Penn Avenue Associates

20. Leon Thorpe

21. Jane White

22. Douglas Spence

23. Kim Dans

24. Stanley Chen

25. Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)

26. Mellon National Bank and Trust

27. Penn Avenue Partners

28. I & O Sheridan Square Associates

29. Bolan's Inc.

30. Arthur Choi

31. Miriam Fineberg

32. Peoples Pgh. Trust Co.

33. East Liberty Presby.

34. Penn Avenue Properties

35. Coalition for Christian Outreach

36. Novum Pharmaceutical

37. Federal American Properties

Highland Avenue

A. Urban Redevelopment Authority

B. Joshua Clark

C. Chartiers Valley Industrial & Community Development

D. Barney Guttman

E. Bell Telephone Company

F. Charles Stadterman

G. City

H. Walter Werner

I. Labellaz Corporation

J. Solomon Levin

K - O Ed Lesoon

P. Eastminster United Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh

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