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Learn about efforts to ensure Downtown Pittsburgh remains a great place to live, work, and play. Share your experiences; ask questions about construction, development, and placemaking initiatives; and discuss the happenings that affect the quality of life and that are making Downtown an essential neighborhood for the region.

Everyone is welcomed to attend. For questions, meeting agendas, and updates, please contact us via email. Downtown Community Forums are held at the Trust Arts Education Center in the Peirce Studio, located at 805 Liberty Avenue, and are ADA-accessible.

Upcoming Community Forums

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020, from 8:30 -9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from 8:30 -9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 8:30 -9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020, from 8:30 -9:30 a.m.

The Downtown Community Forums are organized in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police – Zone 2.

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Downtown Development Activities Public Meetings

The PDP is a Registered Community Organization (RCO) for the Downtown neighborhood. RCO’s are recognized by the City of Pittsburgh as Community Organizations that have proven to have a transparent and inclusive organization with a clear communication strategy and methods of reporting.

As an RCO, the PDP will conduct public development activities meetings to review upcoming projects to be reviewed by applicable City of Pittsburgh Commissions and Boards. View upcoming meetings at the bottom of this page. A meeting is required for any development activity that occurs within the Golden Triangle that requires a public hearing AND meets one of the following thresholds:

  • 2,400 sq.ft. of new or expanded structure
  • new construction of 4+ residential units
  • new or enlarged parking area with 10+ stalls
  • use variances
  • zoning map amendments
  • project development plans
  • planned developments – PLDP
  • planned developments – FLDP
  • master development plans
  • institutional master plans
  • an application to the Historic Review Commission
  • an application to the Art Commission

All public meetings will take place at least thirty (30) days prior to the applicants first public hearing (not briefing). The intent of RCO’s are to improve the flow of information between developers and the community to encourage inclusive and cooperative participation from neighborhood stakeholders. Regular meetings allow community groups to give feedback at an early stage of the City’s development review process. Any Downtown resident, business, property owner, or other type of stakeholder is welcomed to attend.

All meetings are held at the PDP offices in our conference room, located at 925 Liberty Avenue, 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, and are ADA-accessible. Please contact Caitlin Fadgen, PDP Senior Manager of Economic Development, at (412) 325-0157 or via email at if you have any questions.

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
5:30 p.m.

  • Proposed Downtown taproom for Hitchhiker Brewing
    Project site: 604 Liberty Avenue
    Architect: Lab 8 Designs
    Developer: Hitchhiker Brewing
    Download project materials here
  • New construction for a parking garage at Ninth and Penn Avenue
    Project site: Ninth and Penn Avenue
    Architect: TimHaahs
    Developer: Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh
    Download project materials here
  • Demolition of 823 Penn Avenue (former Pizza Parma)
    Project site: 823 Penn Avenue
    Property owner: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
    Download project materials here

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