The last urban brownfield in the City of Pittsburgh, Hazelwood Green is a unique 178-acre site with a prominent riverfront location and plateau terrain. Its newest inhabitant is the Uber test track site, with construction underway to house Carnegie Mellon University’s Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute (ARM) as the first anchor tenant in the iconic Mill 19 building.
A former steel mill site that employed thousands before the decline of the U.S. steel industry, Hazelwood Green is envisioned to become a world-class model for sustainable development, with a site-wide goal of net positive energy. Site design calls for unparalleled public open spaces, which over time will reopen the site’s mile and-a-half of Monongahela River shoreline to the surrounding Hazelwood community. LEED for Neighborhood Development objectives will be prioritized, including a Complete Street approach to accommodate cars, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Development at Hazelwood Green will catalyze investment in the neighborhood of Hazelwood, and draw from the deep history and culture that remains intact through the community. Almono LLC will continue to work collaboratively with neighborhood organizations to ensure that development creates opportunities for those who live there. Key partners in this effort are the Hazelwood Initiative (HI) and the Greater Hazelwood Community Collaborative (GHCC).
Ownership & Management
In November, 2016, RIDC transitioned out of the Almono LLC - General Partner role to focus on the vertical development of 12-acres of the site including the Mill 19 building. Almono LLC members are now comprised of three of the original four Pittsburgh foundations that purchased the site in 2002. With this management transition, the Almono LLC retained Rebecca Flora, to act as their Authorized Agent and Project Director.
After years of referring to the site as “Almono,” a new era was launched in 2017 with the renaming of the site as Hazelwood Green. The Hazelwood Green Project Team is led by Rebecca Flora - founder of ReMake Group - and supported by a number of local and national consultants, in collaboration with multiple organizations and government agencies.
Over $60 million has been invested to-date through grants, equity, and public and private loans. Financial assistance and support has been provided through the following public and private sources:
- City of Pittsburgh, Mayor William Peduto
- Commonwealth Financing Authority
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor
- County of Allegheny County, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
- Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
- Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority
- Pittsburgh Public Schools
- Power of 32 Site Development Fund Partners LP
- Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)
- Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County
- Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh