The Site

Project Overview

 
 

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 Manufacturing Futures Initiative and the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute (ARM) as the first anchor tenants 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).

The site’s development will both catalyze investment within its underserved neighborhood of Hazelwood, and draw from the deep history and culture that remains intact through the people and the physical fabric of the neighborhood. There is no site of this scale and potential that is more uniquely situated within the urban context of the Pittsburgh region; where research and talent is grown and fostered within premier universities, local neighborhoods remain unique and affordable, and the real estate market demands creative financial solutions.

The multi-dimensional opportunities presented by this site and its neighborhood require a thoughtful and collaborative approach to development that respects the past and reflects its present- day culture, while also creating new and lasting models for urban place-making. Through this collective vision and the site goals, the three foundation members that comprise the site's owners, Almono LLC, expect to create a future for this site that provides economic opportunities for all and serves as a regenerative steward of its unique natural assets.


 
 

Project Funding

 
 

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