Upper Lawrenceville Community Visioning:
Targeted Development Strategy Study
Lawrenceville Corporation | evolveEA
This neighborhood study examined Upper Lawrenceville, referred to some residents as the 10th Ward, through a series of three community meetings about the redevelopment of the neighborhood. The study is a comprehensive look at the existing residential fabric with a strategy of how to build a vibrant post-industrial neighborhood informed by the wants and needs of existing residents. Design Center Pittsburgh provided technical assistance and funding to ensure that the 10th Ward of Pittsburgh had a road map to support its redevelopment efforts.
Collaborators: Lawrenceville United; Fourth Economy Consulting
Lower Hill Community Conversations
Hill Community Development Corporation
As the development team for the Pittsburgh team of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Sports and Exhibition Authority planned to submit the Preliminary Land Development Plan for the Lower Hill, the Hill Community Development Corporation reached out to Design Center Pittsburgh for support and development of a series of community conversations to inform an educate residents regarding PLDP plan and process. The goal was to ensure that the community has the relevant knowledge and skills needed to make an informed series of decision leading to associated actions regarding the PLDP application.
Collaborators: Office of Councilman Daniel Lavelle; Michael Baker Jr., Inc; Urban Design Associates; Sports and Exhibition Authority; Dunham reGroup, LLC; Always Busy Consulting; Penguins,
Polish Hill Community Plan:
A Community Vision for the Future of Polish Hill
Polish Hill Civic Association | Pfaffmann + Associates
The strategic planning committee gathered neighborhood feedback via a series of public meetings, workshops, surveys and interviews. This feedback formed the basis of the priorities and recommendations in this neighborhood plan, which truly represents a community vision for the future.
Collaborators: Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development; Polish Hill Businesses (Big Building LLC, Blue Dog Homes LLC, Cheerleaders, Gooski's)
Larimer Vision Plan
Larimer Consensus Group | Strada Architecture, LLC
This land-use vision plan addresses the opportunities and challenges identified in the Place & Environment Goals in the Larimer Community Plan completed in 2008 by Jackson/Clark Partners. Many of the challenges faced by Larimer, such as high vacancy, an older housing stock and a shrinking and aging population are problems faced by many communities across the Pittsburgh region and across the country. The opportunity here is to address the very real problems of the neighborhood in a manner that is a state-of-the-art model for the Pittsburgh region
Collaborators: Real Estate Strategies; Michael Baker Corporation; CTAC; Urban Redevelopment Authority; Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development; East Liberty Concerned Citizens Corporation of Larimer; The Kingsley Association; and East Liberty Development, Inc.
Revitalizing the Heart of Troy Hill
Troy Hill Citizens Council | Pashek Associates
The purpose of this project is to make sustainable, aesthetic, and structural improvements to the business district in Troy Hill. Some of the main issues included: making connections, defining sustainable solutions, capitalizing on tourism, and enhancing the business district. All of the neighborhood improvements presented in this plan may contribute to an enhanced sense of place for Troy Hill. The outcome will be an increased quality of life for residents, new businesses, raised property values, and new residents.
Collaborators: Department of City Planning; Troy Hill Business and Building Owners; and the Northside Leadership Conference
Central Northside Community Plan
Central Northside Neighborhood Council | Pfaffmann + Associates
Working closely with community stakeholders through a series of charrettes, Pfaffmann + Associates developed a comprehensive community master plan for Pittsburgh’s Central Northside that respected and anticipated the neighborhood's diverse demographics and geography. With significant input from neighborhood working groups, numerous community meetings and GIS mapping, P+A developed recommendations to improve opportunities for youth, arts and culture; green transportation; streetscape and safety issues; lighting strategies; street grid and traffic concerns; housing opportunities; economic development; and a vision for the neighborhood's historic Garden Theatre Block.
Manchester Neighborhood Transformation Initiative
Manchester Citizens Corporation | Perkins Eastman
The Manchester Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (MNTI) focused on identifying 196 vacant and abandoned properties, many of which were targeted candidates for rehabilitation. However, the properties were not initially grouped into a development strategy. With project funding provided by the Design Center of Pittsburgh, this report prioritizes vacant structures for rehab and designing a potential development strategy for implementation.
Lawrenceville Community Plan:
Planning Report and Design Recommendations
Lawrenceville Corporation | Pfaffmann & Associates
This Community Plan is the result of several years of organizing, fundraising and intensive planning efforts, spearheaded by the Lawrenceville Master Planning Team, a consortium of three community organizations. In three well-publicized community meetings, residents, business owners and other stakeholders convened to brainstorm ideas and comment on neighborhood priorities.
Collaborators: Lawrenceville United; Office of Councilman Len Bodack; Department of City Planning; Office of Mayor Bob O'Connor; Brean Associates; and Valentina Vavasis Consulting.
Northside Comprehensive Neighborhood Planning Initiative
Northside Leadership Conference | Pfaffmann + Associates
The Northside Leadership Conference sought to conduct neighborhood planning studies to inform the development of central northside. Through the Design Center, Pfaffmann + Associates conducted studies in Brightwood, Charles Street Valley, East Allegheny, Fineview, and Observatory Hill. In each plan were observations regarding zoning and usage, assessment of the architectural typology, and recommendations for how to develop within the existing context of each neighborhood.
Collaborators: Charles St Street Area Council; Observatory Hill, Inc; East Allegheny Community Council; Mark Masterson Associates; Brean Associates; Policy Analysis Research Group; Regional Planning Technologies; Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development; and Councilwoman Barbara Burns.
Highland Park Community Plan
Highland Park Community Development Corp | Brean Associates
The Highland Park community plan represents both a product and a process. It is a framework to guide development, fund-raising, programming, and other aspects of community planning. The community plan also represents a genuine effort to enfranchise the entire community in the planning process, in which community residents and stakeholders articulate their vision of a common future.
Collaborators: The Highland Park Community Club; the East End Neighborhood Forum; Department of Parks and Recreation; Kirkpatrick and Lockhart, LLP; Office of State Senator Jim Ferlo; Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development; St. James Baptist Church; East Liberty DEvelopment, Inc; CMU's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management volunteers; National City Bank of Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development; and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Strip District Improvement Strategy
Neighbors in the Strip | Brean Associates
The Neighbors in the Strip sought to conduct a study to evaluate preservation efforts and development possibilities for the Strip District. Through the CDCP, Karen Brean Associates provided an analysis of existing conditions and future development in the Strip district as well as recommendations. Goals for the future development included reinforcing neighborhood identity, creating a clean, safe environment, addressing pedestrian and vehicular conflicts, promoting business development, and strengthening connections to the riverfront, downtown, and Lawrenceville
Collaborators: Lawrenceville Development Corporation, Office of Mayor Tom Murphy, Deputy Mayor Sal Saribella, Department of City Planning, Office of Councilman Sala Udin, Heinz History Center, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Pittsburgh Sports and Exhibition Authority.