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Croatian Fraternal Union3441 Forbes AveUniversity of PittsburghDesign/Development ReviewPreliminary Planning and DesignThe University of Pittsburgh purchased the property from Allegheny County and filed for a permit to demolish the building. A coalition including Preservation Pittsburgh and the Croatian Fraternal Union submitted a nomination to City of Pittsburgh for historic designation. The Historic Review Commission accepted the application at their November meeting and is moving it forward. The project was removed from the Dec. 5 HRC hearing agenda while Pitt works on the design of the proposed new building. OPDC will update the community as we hear more. 12/3/2018
Duquesne Light SubstationJoncaire and Boundary (Parcel ID: 0053-A-00010-0000-00)Duquesne LightDesign/Development ReviewPreliminary Planning and DesignDuquesne Light purchased this parking lot. Council President Kraus is working with OPDC to ensure community engagement in the planning process. 8/31/2018
Family House233 McKee PlaceDesign/Development ReviewPreliminary Planning and DesignThe owner of the vacant home that currently sits at 233 McKee plans to demolish the structure and rebuild a new 70 room Family House facility. The project is still in the early stages of planning, and while there is nothing yet scheduled at Planning Commission, OPDC will schedule community meetings in the first quarter of 2019. 11/20/2018
Jewish Federation site234 McKee PlaceWalnut CapitalDesign/Development ReviewPreliminary Planning and DesignThe developer is starting the demolition of the house at 242 McKee Pl. next to the Jewish Federation building. This will involve taking the building down to grade and filling it in with gravel to provide more parking on the site. Construction Junction removed any items that could be salvaged, and Norelco has now started the demolition. The developer plans to eventually demolish the existing Jewish Federation building, but understanding that there are significant zoning issues and the process would benefit from additional planning, Walnut Capital will continue to lease the main building as an interim use. This will allow more time to collaborate with OPDC on planning and community process about the site overall. 2/8/2019
0 JulietDavid McCallinDesign/Development ReviewPreliminary Planning and DesignOwner currently plans on building one or two houses on the vacant lot.9/14/2018
"Murland Two"3440 Forbes AveMurland AssociatesDesign/Development ReviewPreliminary Planning and DesignPlanned to be a new-construction commercial development. This will be reviewed at the March 27th Oakland Design Development Review Meeting. See event calendar for details. 3/18/2019
Scaife Hall4805 Frew St. CMUDesign/Development ReviewPreliminary Planning and DesignCMU has amended their IMP to include tearing down Scaife Hall and building a five story structure at the same location. The project will invlove rezoning a small strip of land from 'park' to 'EMI'. There is no timeline yet for when CMU will go to Planning Commission, nor when this project will be completed. 1/8/2019
Oaklander Hotel Signage5130 Bigelow BoulevardPlanning and DesignConstruction of the hotel is complete and project developers are going through a public review process for two monument signs. OPDC will report when the signage will go to Historic Review Commission (HRC). 10/8/2018
203 S. CraigDesign/Development ReviewPlanning and DesignThe owner of the property plans to add an addition to the front of the building. At a ZBA hearing on Sep. 27, the developer requested a continuance. The project has been placed on hold and the owner does not plan on rescheduling for the time being. 10/30/2018
424 Gold WayDesign/Development ReviewPlanning and DesignDeveloper plans to renovate the interior of the building, adding ten residential units to the existing two and converting the ground floor into a gym and the first floor into a play area. There will be no construction outside the existing shell of the building, and the only exterior renovations will be replacing the windows throughout and adding two new storefront entrances at the rear. 1/23/2019
Point Park Playhouse222 Craft Ave.Design/Development Review Planning and DesignA fence is currently up around the property for asbestos abatement. Point Park has applied for a demolition permit. This will be reviewed at the March 27th Design Development Review Meeting. See event calendar for details. 3/18/2019
Scaife Hall AdditionLothrop and TerraceUniversity of PittsburghDesign/Development ReviewPlanning and DesignPitt plans to tear down the auditorium portion of the structure that sits at Lothrop and Terrace and rebuild a 110,000 gsf addition. The proposal also includes the renovation of the existing structure to add more academic and lab space. Pitt solicited community feedback on this project in conjunction with their meeting for the IMP on Wednesday, Feb. 11th. 2/11/2019
Wakefield StreetMedcoDesign/Development ReviewPlanning and DesignDeveloper proposes to build seven, market-rate, owner-occupied town homes on Wakefield Street. The ZBA hearing took place on November 29th and the project was approved by the zoning board on Jan 24th. OPDC will continue to work with the developers to discuss a potential contribution to affordable housing in Oakland through the Community Land Trust and further community meetings with the South Oakland Neighborhood Group (SONG). 2/8/2018
Walnut on Fifth3342 Fifth Ave.Walnut CapitalDesign/Development ReviewPlanning and DesignDeveloper plans to build a 10-story office building geared toward technical, medical, and research companies. The use of the building is in compliance with zoning code, but the developers went in front of the zoning board for height, FAR, and parking. Walnut Capital presented their preliminary plans at a public meeting on January 23 and hosted a follow-up meeting on February 25th at 6 p.m. at the Oakland Career Center. The project was heard at the zoning board on March 14 at 10:10 a.m. OPDC executed a community benefits agreement with Walnut Capital that addresses 1) transportation demand management strategies, 2) community oriented retail space, and 3) investment in Oakland Community Land Trust. 3/14/2019January 23, 2019 Fifth and Halket Project PresentationJan 23, 2019 Meeting MinutesFeb 25, 2019 Meeting MinutesMarch 3, 2019 Presentation
Pedestrian Fence on Forbes between Bouquet and BigelowForbes AvenueUniversity of PittsburghDesign/Development ReviewPlanning and DesignUniversity of Pittsburgh is planning to erect a fence along Forbes Avenue between Bouquet St and Bigelow Boulevard. The fence, along the right side of Forbes, is intended to deter pedestrians from crossing Forbes. The fence will not block the bus stops at Bouquet or Bigelow and will allow space for two buses to queue up. Pitt will install a temporary fence when they put up the new light for the mid-block crossing in front of David Lawrence Hall, to be followed by the permanent installation. Pitt presented their plans to the art commission on 2/27.2/28/2019
365 N. Craig Street Demolition365 N. Craig St.Sterling Land CompanyDesign/Development ReviewPublic ReviewSterling Land Company has filed an application with the City to raze the multi-family building at 356 N. Craig St due to structural and electrical concerns. The wall along N. Craig would remain the same, and the developer does not yet have plans for re-developing the property. OPDC will continue to update the community on any new information we receive.
UPMC Heart and Transplant HospitalDe Soto and Fifth AvenueUPMCDesign/Development ReviewPublic ReviewUPMC plans on building a new heart and transplant hospital on the field in front of Presbyterian Hostpital on Fifth Avenue. The 18-story, 900,000 sq ft. building will have 620 private rooms for patients. UPMC hosted two community meetings in late 2018 to answer resident questions and discuss how the development plans could include some community benefits. This hospital is consistent with the UPMC institutional master plan (IMP), which was approved by the city in late 2014. This development requires City Planning Commission approval, but does not need to go in front of the City Council as it is in their IMP. As of early March, UPMC is putting this project on pause and plans to re-engage the community with public meetings in the final quarter of 2019. OPDC will reach out to residents when these meetings have been scheduled. 3/19/2019UPMC Design Review Meeting Minutes
3247 Ward St. OPA-HI Development LLCDesign/Development ReviewPublic ReviewThe owner of the vacant lot at 3247 Ward St. originally proposed splitting the property into two parcels and building a single family house facing Ward and a duplex facing Hardie Way. The project was granted a continuance at the Dec. 13 ZBA hearing due to a lack of community process. After hearing concerns from residents, the developers now are proposing to split the lot and build two single family homes; one facing Ward St. and one facing Hardie Way. 1/30/2019
"Former Cadillac dealership"3224 Boulevard of the Allies (Craft Place and Boulevard of the Allies)Walnut CapitalDesign/Development ReviewConstructionConstruction in process to convert the building into office space with attached parking. Tenant will be UPMC for office space, not clinical space.10/22/2018
"Murland One"3420-3422 Forbes Avenue (Forbes and Coltart)Murland Associates, LLPDesign/Development ReviewConstructionNew construction of an eight-story office building at the corner of Forbes Ave and Coltart Ave. University of Pittsburgh will occupy the top four floors and CVS will occupy the bottom floor as retail space. OPDC hosted community meetings; the project is currently under construction.9/10/2018
PAA4215 Fifth AvenueWalnut CapitalDesign/Development ReviewConstructionDeveloper is rehabbing the former PAA and incorporating office spaces, a fitness center, restaurants, and a social club.7/31/2018
"TCS Hall"4900 Forbes Ave (Before Tepper Building)CMUDesign/Development ReviewConstructionThe TCS building is billed as the new entrance to CMU's campus and will consist of a mix of office and academic space. The building will be occupied by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and CMU's school of Computer science. CMU presented their plans for the project to BACA and OTF and plan to open the building in spring of 2020. The construction for the new TCS Hall is underway. 12/14/2018
One on Centre4500 Centre AvenueEDRDesign/Development ReviewFinal Construction / LeasingLuxury student apartment building at the intersection of Craig St and Centre Ave. There is a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units. Units are leased by the bed. OPDC and District 8 organized a community meeting on 8/6/2018 to give community members an opportunity to address any questions/concerns with the developer and property manger.8/1/2018
0 Boundary Street / Yarrow WayThomas LiangDesign/Development ReviewNo Recent UpdatesOwner of the vacant lot at the corner of Boundary St. and Yarrow Way proposed to build four, two-unit town homes on the lot. OPDC coordinated a community meeting with the owner and architect on 9/27/2017. OPDC requested a postponement of the October 2017 ZBA hearing due to insufficient time for a community process. It was pulled from the ZBA agenda. OPDC continues to be vigilant as there are code enforcement concerns related to overgrowth and a failing retaining wall. The hearing scheduled for Thursday, November 15th has been postponed. OPDC will follow up with the developer on his plans going forward. 11/14/2018
Oakland Gateway Ventures3401-3421 Bates Street, 392 Coltart AveOakland Gateway VenturesDesign/Development ReviewNo Recent UpdatesOakland Gateway Ventures (OGV) purchased the row house on Bates St. between Boulevard of the Allies and Zulema St in 2014. OGV proposed a development that was opposed by the community. OPDC, along with our local elected officials, opposes it as it is not consistent with the Oakland 2025 Master Plan or City of Pittsburgh zoning. Read the town hall minutes here:
The PortalWest OaklandDesign/Development ReviewNo Recent UpdatesThe Portal is a proposed development on three sites near Fifth Ave and Robinson streets that would include retail, restaurant, office, housing and hotel space. OPDC and West Oakland oppose the Planning Commission's approval. Although current efforts to continue the development are stalled, we are monitoring the project and will alert the community if developers resume plans.9/14/2018
120 McKee PlaceUniversity of PittsburghDesign/Development ReviewInstallation of glass block windows at 120 McKee Place.9/4/2018
Lawn/Ophelia Storm water parklet1 Lawn St. (Lawn St. and Ophelia St.)City of PittsburghGreen SpacesPlanning and DesignThe city and PWSA is transforming the parklet at Lawn and Ophelia streets from an active recreation area to a naturalized public space for stormwater management with rain gardens, vegetated curb bump-outs, and native meadow plantings. PWSA presented their plans for the parklet to the Oakcliffe resident group and will go before the arts commission on March 27. The presentation revealed that the bump out on Ophelia has been reduced to two spaces, trees are being added to the island on Forbes, and they have lost some of the perennial planting along the walkway to Lawn St. They hope to have procurment by the end of March and shovels in the ground in June. 2/25/2019
Carlow P3 partnership RFQCarlow UniversityInstitutional Master PlanPreliminary Planning and Designsee Carlow IMP, below9/14/2018
Carlow University Master PlanCarlow UniversityInstitutional Master PlanPreliminary Planning and DesignOn 10/24/17, City Planning Commission issued a continuance for the Carlow IMP. Since that time, OPDC learned that Carlow was completing a revised traffic analysis and made other revisions discussed at a community meeting held 3/1/18. OPDC does not have additional information about the IMP moving forward. Carlow issued a RFQ for developers in early August 2018 for a potential partnership opportunity for Lot A on their campus.9/10/2018
Carnegie Mellon University Master PlanCMUInstitutional Master PlanPreliminary Planning and DesignCMU is updating their Institutional Master Plan to include recent project additions such as the reconstruction of Scaife Hall. While the original IMP was approved by the City in 2012, there is no timeline yet for when the amendment to their IMP will be completed. 12/20/2018
University of Pittsburgh Master PlanUniversity of PittsburghInstitutional Master PlanPlanning and DesignPitt hired a team of consultants to complete a campus master plan, which will be the basis for the institutional master plan required by the City of Pittsburgh zoning code. Pitt hosted a meeting Oct. 9 and solicited feedback on their general plan, which can be found here: Pitt held a community meeting for the draft IMP and Scaife Hall Addition on Monday, February 11th and a follow-up meeting on March 12th. OPDC will inform residents when they plan to hold their next public meeting. 3/14/2019
Anderson BridgeCity of PittsburghTransit/InfrastructurePreliminary Planning and DesignDOMI has yet to announce if the bridge will need rehabilitation or a full replacement. OPDC is reaching out to the City to ensure there is community engagement in the planning process with particular focus on bicycle and pedestrian safety.9/10/2018
Boulevard of the Allies Betterment ProjectBoulevard of the Allies from Downtown to Bates St.PennDOTTransit/InfrastructurePreliminary Planning and Design PennDOT held a public meeting on November 5 at 5:30 pm at University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall to discuss the project in detail with residents. The main components of the project involve basic infrastructure improvements such as pavement resurfacing and repainting crosswalks. 11/29/2018
Multimodal Second Ave. CorridorSecond Ave., Bates St.Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC)Transit/InfrastructurePreliminary Planning and DesignThe City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Port Authority invited SPC to conduct a study to identify people's transit needs along Second Ave. The scope of this study includes Second Ave from the 10th St. Bridge to the Glenwood Bridge and Bates from Second up to the Boulevard. One component of the study will identify ways to improve transit connections for South Oakland residents with an emphasis on reducing the car-flow of single occupancy vehicles into Oakland and encouraging an overall mode shift to more efficient transit options. SPC held a public meeting on Feb 19th to solicit feedback from residents. This website has more information about the study and allows residents to provide comments through the project-comment form or through the interactive map: 2/25/2019
Mon-Oakland Mobility PlanCity of PittsburghTransit/InfrastructurePlanning and DesignThe Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) is examining approaches to better connect Oakland, Four Mile Run, Greenfield, and Hazelwood in conjunction with planned storm water management improvements. For more information visit:
Hazelwood Green Phase 1 - Transportation MitigationSecond-Bates-TechnologyPennDOTTransit/InfrastructurePublic ReviewThe initial phase of the Hazelwood Green development includes intersection improvements near Second, Bates, and Technology Drive to improve traffic congestion.10/8/2018Hazelwood Green Presentation
Bigelow Complete Streets ImprovementBigelow BoulevardCity of PittsburghTransit/InfrastructureFinal Planning and DesignThe Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) and the University of Pittsburgh are working together to redesign the stretch of Bigelow Boulevard between Fifth and Forbes Avenues. This redesign includes bike/pedestrian safety, a mid-block pedestrian crossing, reconfigured shuttle stops, and storm water catchment. University of Pittsburgh stated that it would provide a crossing guard to manage the high volume of pedestrians in an effort to maintain traffic flow and overall safety. Upon conferring with residents throughout the neighborhood and COR, OPDC testified at Art Commission that the crossing guard commitment be formalized via a written contract between the university and the city. At their meeting on 8/22/18, the Art Commission included the requirement in their final approval of the design.8/31/2018
Forbes Avenue Betterment ProjectForbes AvenuePennDOTTransit/InfrastructureConstructionThe Forbes Avenue Betterment Project is a PennDOT project to improve road conditions on Forbes Avenue between the Birmingham Bridge and Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) campus. The project includes repaving Forbes from the Birmingham Bridge to Margaret Morrison, introducing permanent bike lanes, and upgrading traffic signals and crosswalks, as needed. PennDOT recently placed 32 new poles and will continue their installation weather permitting. Once the poles are fully installed, we will receive a timeline from PennDOT on signal testing and when they will be live. This website has more information on the scope of the project as well as the work schedule: 2/25/2019
Zulema St. Crosswalk repaintingZulema St.OTMATransit/InfrastructureConstructionOTMA is working with Council President Kraus' and Councilwoman Erika Strassburger's offices to improve pedestrian safety along Zulema St. OTMA recently received confirmation that repainting of the crosswalks and the stop bars on the street will begin as soon as the weather breaks. 2/25/2019
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