Councilman Lavelle and the Hill CDC Hosted a Community Meeting to Update Residents and Receive Feedback on Development in the Lower Hill District
On Wednesday, April 10, District 6 City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle hosted, together with the Hill CDC, a community meeting to update residents on the development of the 28 acres of the former Civic Arena site in the Lower Hill District. The Councilman has long expressed his commitment to ensuring that any development in the Lower Hill provides substantial, tangible benefits in the form of housing, jobs and business opportunities to residents in the Hill District and the Greater Pittsburgh region. Residents responded to the call to action in numbers, filling the Kaufmann Auditorium to capacity in a display of the Hill District’s strong community unity and dedication. Updates were provided on the preliminary development plans for the site, current work being done to finalize the site’s master plan, and upcoming deadlines for site development.
One of the goals of the meeting was to get residents’ contributions to preliminary planning efforts for the Lower Hill District. With assistance from the Community Design Center, attendees participated in breakout session groups to provide input on what they would like to see on the site and what goals the community should strive for. Councilman Lavelle realizes the importance of getting community involvement in the front end of a major development project such as the Lower Hill, so the breakout sessions proved valuable in keeping the community engaged in a dialogue as to the wants and needs of the Hill District.
The sessions were followed by a presentation from Marimba Milliones, the Hill CDC Executive Director, on the Greater Hill District Master Plan and community development. A second presentation was given by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Sports and Exhibition Authority on the planned infrastructure for the site, on the initial concept plan for site development, and on the regulatory process that needs to be completed before ground is broken and construction can commence.
The turnout proved inspiring, with Hill District residents joining project stakeholders to work together in ensuring the development complements the needs of the community. A follow-up meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at the Thelma Lovette YMCA at 2114 Centre Ave in the Hill District.