I am happy to report to you some exciting news on our continued redevelopment efforts in the Hill District. After decades without a grocery store and after years of hard work to make the dream a reality, the funding gap that existed in the development plans of the Shop ‘n Save grocery store and retail center have been closed. Vertical construction is set to begin later this month. In addition, plans have also been revealed for the development of the Residences at the New Granada Square, a project that will bring mixed income housing and retail space to the Hill District business corridor of Centre Ave.
At 1pm on Thursday there was a press conference held at The Hill House to announce the closing of the funding gap for the Hill District grocery store. Then at 2pm, the URA Board, of which I am a member, voted to execute an amended and restated Disposition Contract, thus allowing construction to commence.
The 11.5 million dollar project will provide a 30,000 square-foot full-service Shop ’n Save, 6,800 square feet of retail space, and over 100 jobs. The opening of the Shop ‘n Save marks the first full-service grocery store in the Hill District in over 30 years. It is estimated that the project will be complete and ready for opening in mid 2013.
As for the Residences at the New Granada Square, development plans were unveiled at Thursday’s Urban Redevelopment Authority board meeting. The presentation stressed the importance of the Residencies at New Granada Square in accelerating the redevelopment of the commercial district along Centre Avenue. The development of the Residences will push towards the ultimate goal of revitalizing the commercial corridor of Centre Avenue and the Greater Hill District. It will also serve to support neighborhood goals of quality mixed income housing and culturally relevant development and programming.
These are exciting times for the Hill District and the City of Pittsburgh at large. The announcements of the Grocery Store and New Granada Residences are strong indicators of an economic resurgence in the Hill District, and I am looking forward to continued successes in the future.
R. Daniel Lavelle
Friday, November 9, 2012
Office of Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle
414 Grant Street, 5th Floor | City County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2134 | facsimile 412-255-0737