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Frequently Asked
Questions

Who owns the site?

The 28 acre site is currently owned by the Sports and Exhibition Authority of Allegheny County (SEA) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA).

Who has the development rights?

Pittsburgh Arena Real Estate Redevelopment (PAR), an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization secured the exclusive development rights as part of their lease with the SEA at the PPG Paints Arena. The development rights are governed by an Option Agreement which stipulates the specific terms of the development rights.

Who are the partners in the Project? What is the public role?

The public role is lead by the SEA and the URA. The project is recognized as having regional impacts and is considered a priority project of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The SEA and URA are coordinating the infrastructure design effort. The PAR, SEA, and URA are working together to secure funding for the construction of the public infrastructure components of the project streets and utilities.

Are the Penguins the developers? How are developers selected?

PAR is currently leading the master planning, zoning, and community process for the redevelopment of the site. They also are responsible for marketing the site to potential developers and will be soliciting proposals from developers with specific expertise and capacity to complete residential, commercial, office and retail projects. The developers will in turn purchase the land from the SEA or URA under the terms of the Option Agreement and be responsible for designing, constructing and operating the individual development projects.

What is the timeline for the development?

Construction for storm-water sewer improvements on Centre Avenue commenced in August 2014. The construction of the first phase of on-site infrastructure is anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2015. The first phase of vertical development is anticipated to commence in summer/fall 2015.

What is the total budget for the project?

PAR procured a market study in 2010 which indicated a potential development program. This development program is the basis of the Illustrative Master Plan included in the PLDP and related studies. The development program contemplates:

  • 1,188 Residential units
  • 250,000 square feet of commercial/retail and entertainment
  • 632,000 square feet of office
  • 150 room hotel

We estimate that this program will attract over $400 million in private investment.

How will parking be impacted?

Event parking

During construction event parking will be impacted depending on the areas of work. Roadway and parking changes will be communicated in advance of events through a variety of media sources and the Penguins website.

Event parking after the development is completed will be accommodated in parking structures within the development area in spaces that are shared with the commercial and retail users and existing or new parking structures throughout the city.

Commuter parking

During construction commuter parking will be impacted depending on the areas of work. Roadway and parking changes will be communicated in advance of events through a variety of media sources and the Penguins website.

Commuter parking after the development is completed may be accommodated in parking structures within the development area in spaces that are shared with the commercial and retail users, and existing or new parking structures throughout the city.

Acronyms and Abbreviations

  • CCIP: Community Collaboration and Implementation Plan
  • DEP: District Energy Plant
  • FLDP: Final Land Development Plan
  • LEED-ND: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development
  • PAR: Pittsburgh Arena Real Estate Redevelopment
  • PLDP: Preliminary Land Development Plan
  • PWSA: Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
  • SEA: Sports and Exhibition Authority
  • SPD: Special Planned District
  • URA: Urban Redevelopment Authority