PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 20, 2015) — Transformational plans for the redevelopment of the Hill District will go ahead under the leadership and cooperation of local elected officials, the Hill District community and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Leaders reached an agreement Monday that clarified the Community Collaboration and Implementation Plan (CCIP) for the Lower Hill introduced in September, and clears the way for the development of the new headquarters for U.S. Steel that will anchor the redevelopment of the 28 acre former Civic Arena site.
The agreement means the development of the headquarters remains on schedule, as do plans for Greater Hill District Reinvestment Fund that will invest more than $20 million in projects across Middle and Upper Hill District neighborhoods.
The deal could not have been reached without the direct and personal involvement of Mayor William Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Congressman Mike Doyle, and State Senators Jay Costa and Wayne D. Fontana. State Representative Jake Wheatley and City Councilman Daniel Lavelle took leadership roles in helping to preserve the opportunity for the most robust investment ever made by a public-private partnership in the Hill.
“Too often we see that dissension and disagreement can derail the good things in our community,” said Congressman Doyle. “This group looked at these challenges as opportunities to make improvements and strengthen this agreement. Together, we were able to ensure that this collaboration will benefit our community for decades to come.”
“This renewed agreement is important not only because it allows this project to move forward, but because it also ensures continued benefits for the neighborhood that is most likely to be impacted,” said Senator Fontana. “I’m proud that we have continued to work together to find compromise, and that we have a stronger agreement thanks to the work of this dedicated team.”
“I’m very proud of the continued work on this project, and finding middle ground when it comes to the needs of the community,” said County Executive Fitzgerald. “Congressman Doyle, State Senators Costa and Fontana, Mayor Peduto and the Mayor’s staff, particularly Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin, should be commended for their continued efforts and work to resolve this issue.”
“We are committed to a implementing a transformational development on the lower Hill District site that rebuilds the middle and upper Hill District,” said Mayor Peduto. “When I took office last January, I committed to having an open door policy for my administration, and this agreement proves that. Everyone will have the opportunity to have a seat at the table. ”
Monday’s settlement (attached here) clarified a few areas of the CCIP, but the original accord among the Hill District community, the Penguins, the city, county, Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Sports & Exhibition Authority remains intact.
Under the settlement, the Hill Community Development Corp. withdrew its appeal of the Lower Hill Planned Development District (PLDP) approved by the city Planning Commission in December, and agreed to support the U.S. Steel headquarters as a catalyst for the overall development of the Hill District.
A citywide affordable housing task force comprised of city, county, state, federal and community leaders will be created, which will be introduced by Councilman Lavelle. And an executive community created under the CCIP agreement will appoint an independent consultant to help implement the community collaboration plan, and issue progress reports to the committee.