Hazelwood Green: A World-class Sustainable Development
Client: Almono LLC
Role: Owner’s Authorized Agent / Project Director
Hazelwood Green Development Site is planned as a 178-acre mixed-use development along the urban waterfront of Pittsburgh, PA. It is located within the Hazelwood neighborhood, a place that has experienced decades of disinvestment following the closure of the steel mill once located on this property. The site is owned by three Pittsburgh-based foundations – Benedum Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and Richard King Mellon Foundation that formed Almono LP to develop the property.
ReMAKE Group developed plans and advanced public approvals for a new land development plan and zoning that was considered as one of the most advanced in the country for its sustainability measures. The Hazelwood Green plan for the site development received LEED for Neighborhood Development Plan platinum certification and was awarded the American Planning Association’s Sustainability Award for Excellence in Urban Design and Land Development.
ReMAKE Group led the design of a new complete street that included green infrastructure, separate bike and pedestrian ways, and traffic calming and safety measures through the first application of chicanes in Pittsburgh and raised pedestrian crossings. Bus stops were also enhanced to improve pedestrian and bike safety on a previously constructed street. Bike Pittsburgh awarded RMG its Advocate of the Year award for these and other measures implemented on the site’s mobility infrastructure.
ReMAKE Group worked closely with the local community to address issues of creating job opportunities on the site—particularly for disadvantaged populations—and creating affordable housing that would avert any potential for displacement. As a member of the Hazelwood Neighborhood Plan Steering Committee and through active participation in the business and housing development planning efforts, RMG worked to integrate neighborhood priorities into the development plans for the site. RMG also organized community events on the site such as the Big Tent Event and renaming of the site to Hazelwood Green to showcase the connection between the site’s development and its neighborhood. The Greater Hazelwood Community Collaborative presented ReMAKE Group with an Acknowledgement of Service award at the end of their work on the project.
ReMAKE led and directly contributed to several project outcomes over four years as part of the owner’s plans to transition management of the project from RIDC (past manager) to a future master developer. During that time, ReMAKE was directly charged with advancing the Almono LP’s directives for project implementation that included: development and approval of an award winning land development plan; design and construction of 2 miles of new – complete streets; fostering strong community relations; designing and initiating construction of a 3-acre public open space; solicitation of master developers and negotiation of individual parcel development agreements; solicitation of district energy providers; conducting a transportation impact study and long-range transportation plan, and advancing diverse mobility solutions; preparing the project’s portion of Pittsburgh’s response to Amazon’s search for sites; site marketing, event planning and media relations; and overall management and administration of Almono LLC meetings and organizational requirements. ReMAKE also served as the LEED AP for LEED ND Platinum Plan certification of the new land plan. One of only eight projects world-wide reaching this level as of 2020.
ReMAKE’s contributions to the project over 4-years were extensive and appreciation was shown through multiple awards and acknowledgments. A major contributor to this project was Katrina Flora, AICP, LEED ND – a member of the ReMAKE team throughout the project timeframe and co-awardee.
Read the Hazelwood Green Preliminary Land Development Plan
“She (Rebecca) has worked tirelessly and thoughtfully in bringing together the various constituents under circumstances that have ben challenging and extremely complex. We are especially grateful for the ways that she has most successfully engaged and collaborated with the Hazelwood community and the city.”GRANT OLIPHANT
HEINZ ENDOWMENTS PRESIDENT
(Foundations Search for New Firm to Lead the Hazelwood Green Development. Mark Belko – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11/5/19)
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