July 24 2013

The Almono Site: From Brownfield to Bright Future

Almono Site Pittsburgh

On the outskirts of Pittsburgh’s city limits sits an old, abandoned steel mill. Rusting away and taking up space on a majestic hillside along the banks of the Monongahela River, the former J&L Steel site is 178 acres of prime real estate, just minutes from Pittsburgh’s downtown corridor. The site was abandoned by J&L Steel in 1997, and the land was bought by the Almono architect company, named after the three Pittsburgh Rivers of Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio, in 2002.

Today, the site is slowly being converted over into a multi-use development which will be split into four districts:

  • Riverview: A commercial, office, and residential development right along the Monongahela River;
  • Smart Site Central Green: A central hub for research and exploration in the region;
  • Eco Tech Park: An industrial park used for economic, environmental, and energy opportunities; and
  • Hazelwood Homes: A large contemporary residential space along the Riverfront.

These districts will be connected through a series of roadways and trails, as well as through the river. Overall, the plan calls for 2.1 million square feet of mixed-use development; 700,000 square feet of industrial space; and 1,300 units of housing, making it one of the largest projects in Pittsburgh’s history.

Existing Infrastructure Almono Site

Currently, work on the site is under Act II Environmental Clearance, which means that the site is cleared for remediation and work can begin to remove the grounds from its brownfield state. With infrastructure just beginning on the site, the Almono site is expected to break ground in early 2014, with no timetable for completion. You can follow the progress of this urban planning project at the company website or on twitter at @RIDC_Almono.

How do you think this project will help shape the future of the waterfront in Pittsburgh? Could this project help create new, exciting waterfront projects in other cities as well?

Credits: Images taken by Greg Shermeto. Data linked to sources.

Greg Shermeto

Greg Shermeto is a recent graduate at the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Environmental Design. While studying, Greg worked on projects including the South Buffalo Trolley and Trail System, which helped to connect the Western New York Railway Historical Society’s railroad museum to the downtown corridor. He has also worked for the University at Buffalo’s Center for Urban Studies, where Greg assisted with the redevelopment of the Perry Choice neighborhood in downtown Buffalo. Greg also spent a semester studying the built environment of the Baltic States in Estonia and Latvia. Greg’s interests include transportation planning and community design, and the efforts to make urban areas accessible and functional for the future. For the Grid, Greg will be writing about planning issues and topics about the city of Pittsburgh, where he currently resides.

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