With help from the city’s government and like-minded supporters, the once post-industrial city of Pittsburgh has shifted its focus from manufacturing to education and innovation and has started multimillion dollar initiatives to make improvements.
So what will Pittsburgh look like in ten years?
A Pittsburgh-based initiative called P4 (People, Planet, Place and Performance) aims to transform the Steel City into a Sustainable City with plans to become a model for the rest of the world.
1. The Tower at PNC Plaza
One of the most significant changes Pittsburgh will see quite soon is The Tower at PNC Plaza, a $400 million skyscraper that will be completed this coming fall. Construction began in spring 2012 and the building will be billed as the world’s greenest skyscraper.
2. 350th Fifth Avenue
Following this trend is Pittsburgh-based Oxford Development Company that has initiated 350 Fifth Avenue, a 20-story, 521,000 square feet office building with an estimated total development cost of $190-200 million. Its two outdoor plazas and wide-open floor plans allow for utilization of more than 92 percent, “making it the most efficient high-rise in Pittsburgh,” they claim on their website. Other building features include street-front space for restaurants and retail and 100 parking spaces. The date for completion has not yet been set.
3. Nova Place
According to Observer-Report, New York-based Faros Properties is taking on one of the largest redevelopment projects in the country and they’re calling it Nova Place, a soon-to-be innovation center in Pittsburgh. It will occupy the previously called Allegheny Center in the North Side and the renovation will include the construction of a conference and fitness center, bike storage and restaurants. Faros has hired three architect agencies to complete the project: Strada, Desmone & Associates, and Perkins Eastman.
4. Hotel Indigo
Last year, Pittsburgh welcomed Hotel Monaco, a Kimpton Hotel on William Penn Avenue. This year, Hotel Indigo, another well-recognized line of boutique hotels will make East Liberty its home. Well, 123 N. Highland Avenue, to be exact. Construction united three neighboring buildings to create the hotel. The set date for booking rooms is late July 2015.
5. Four Seasons
Among the talk of hotels, Four Seasons became interested in building a hotel in Pittsburgh since the city has become more known for global innovation, sports and tourism. The rise of hotels will increase Pittsburgh’s ability to host large events such as the Super Bowl. Some neighborhoods in the running are Lawrenceville, Oakland, East Liberty, the Strip District and Downtown.
There was talk of Macy’s leaving Pittsburgh or, rather the historic 13-story building it occupies however, the large department store chain has decided to stay minus some floors. The new plan is to renovate the top six floors and create around 300 apartments, a rooftop exercise facility and parking for tenants for $40 million. Macy’s will downsize to four floors, giving more space for more downtown living and some businesses as well.
7. Uptown Apartments
Ground was broken in late April for Uptown Apartments that will be home to 74 units for Millennial workers and graduate students. Construction is expected to finished by May 2016. This project, led by Castlebrook Development, is the start of Peduto’s initiative to transform the area along Forbes and Fifth Ave. between Downtown and Oakland.
8. Duquesne Brewery
The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority loaned an estimated $1.8 million to Trek Development Company who is partnering with Brew House Association, a nonprofit that directs the Duquesne Brewery in South Side. The two companies plan to create apartments and allow artists to rent creative spaces from the twentieth-century building. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the project will cost roughly $19 million.
9. 350 Oliver Avenue
In 2012, the city of Pittsburgh saw Saks Fifth Avenue on Smithfield Street close. In February, Millcraft Investments partnered with McKnight Realty Partners and introduced a $60- 70 million project that will build condos (77, to be exact) in the former department store. But that’s not all Millcraft is giving the city…
10. The Gardens at Market Square
The Gardens at Market Square is planned for completion in late 2015. The $104 million, LEED Silver tower on Forbes Avenue will generate an estimated $4 million in tax revenue. You can follow the construction here.
11. Tiny Homes
Aside from high-rises and luxury condos and apartments, the city will see an influx of tiny houses starting in Garfield. Urban developer Eve Picker plans to keep the cost of the tiny homes under $100,000, which helps to reduce mortgage payments as well as monthly electric and gas bills.
“For people who want to live economically in a place they really want to be in, this may be one solution,” Picker told CBS Pittsburgh in February. Interested? Follow the movement on YouTube with Tiny House, Giant Journey.
Aside from a changing skyline, Pittsburgh hopes to be the birthplace of self-driven cars and localized energy. With such exciting and innovative projects underway the city is definitely on the right track!