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.
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.