Hazelwood Green: A World-class Sustainable Development

LocationPittsburgh, PA
ClientAlmono LLC
RoleOwner’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.

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Policy Systems

ReMAKE Group prepared a new Preliminary Land Development plan (PLDP) and advanced public approvals in 2018 and 2019. The 2018 Hazelwood Green PLDP was certified by GBCI in 2020 as a LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) plan at the Platinum level and is was also awarded the American Planning Association’s Sustainability Award for Excellence in Urban Design and Land Development.

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Infrastructure Systems

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.

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Economic Systems

ReMAKE Group worked closely with the local community to address issues of job creation and affordable housing for local residents. 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 general management of the project from RIDC (past manager and current developer of Mill 19) to a future master developer. During that time, ReMAKE was directly charged with advancing the Almono LLC’s directives for project implementation that included: development and approval of an award winning land development plan; design and construction of about 2 miles of new – complete streets; fostering strong community relations; designing and initiating construction of a three-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.

Hazelwood Green Primary Land Development Plan

Read the Hazelwood Green 2018 Preliminary Land Development Plan


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.

American Planning Association
Sustainable Communities Division
2020 Excellence in Sustainability Award

AIA Pennsylvania
Architecture Excellence Awards 2019
Contribution to the Profession by a Non-Architect

Greater Hazelwood Community Collaborative
Acknowledgement for Service, 2019

2019 Advocate of the Year

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Rebecca Flora moderator of the Big Tent event held for the renaming of Hazelwood Green development in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (2017)
Photo credit: Ernie Sota
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Hazelwood Green master plan at full development – illustration based on the Preliminary Land Development Plan approved in 2018.
Graphic by Depiction LLC.
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Construction underway at Hazelwood Green in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 2019
Aerial photo by CMU.
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Artist created bollard designs at Hazelwood Green development in Pittsburgh, PA. The public art integration process was managed by the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art and facilitated by ReMAKE on behalf of the site owners.
Photo credit: Rebecca Flora
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Repair and work station for cyclists at Hazelwood Green development in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hazelwood Community Bike Day 2019
Photo credit: Rebecca Flora

“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.”

(Foundations Search for New Firm to Lead the Hazelwood Green Development. Mark Belko – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11/5/19)
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Are you interested in learning more about large-scale sustainable development? Do you have a project that requires integration of the right types of sustainability measures? Is your infill project part of an existing community that needs to be better engaged?

Contact me through the Maryland Department of Planning.

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