Downtown Development Activities Meetings

Offered as a way for residents, business owners, property owners, and more to provide feedback to project leaders, the Downtown Development Activities Meetings allow neighborhood stakeholders to hear about plans proposed to affect the Downtown community.

As a Registered Community Organization for Downtown, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will host public meetings to review upcoming projects before they are reviewed by applicable City of Pittsburgh commissions and boards, allowing your feedback to be heard early in the planning process.

All meetings will take place at least thirty (30) days prior to the applicant’s first public hearing.

Meetings take place a the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s office, 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 cfadgen@downtownpittsburgh.com if you have any questions.

All upcoming meetings are temporarily postponed. Continue to check this page often for meeting updates.

In order to maintain the opportunity for equitable public testimony and keep our communities healthy, the City has postponed all Development Activities meetings and Commission meetings and closed the Zoning counter until further notice. ZBA will also be postponed.

For more information, please visit the Zoning website, which will be updated as information is available. Please reach out to Stephanie Joy Everett at stephaniejoy.everett@pittsburghpa.govif you have questions.

The March 24th meeting is postponed. The projects listed below will be reviewed during the next meeting date which has yet to be determined.

236 Fifth Avenue Exterior Signage for Proposed Fitness Facility
Project site: 236 Fifth Avenue
Architect: Piper O’Brien Herr Architects
Building owner: Millcraft
Download project materials here

216 Boulevard of the Allies Exterior Signage
Project site: 216 Boulevard of the Allies
Vendor: Image 360 
Building owner: Lumania Properties LP
Download project materials here

PNC Firstside Entry Replacement
Project site: 500 First Avenue
Architect: DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design
Building owner: PNC
Download project materials here

Exterior Storefront Renovations for Aither Yoga
Project site: 339 Forbes Avenue
Architect: Piper O’Brien Herr Architects
Building owner: Warner Center LP
Download project materials here

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown Branch Exterior Improvements
Project site: 612 Smithfield Street
Architect: Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects
Building owner: McKnight Realty Partners
Download project materials here

Previous Meetings

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

One Oxford Centre High Wall Sign

  • Project site: 301 Grant Street
  • Architect: Kolano Design
  • Building owner: Shorenstein Realty Services
  • Download project materials here

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

  • 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

What projects require a meeting?

A Development Activities Meeting is required for any development activity that occurs within the Golden Triangle that will require a City hearing and that meets at least 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

About Registered Community Organizations (RCOs)

Community organizations often tackle a great variety of issues such as social services and community cleanups. Community organizations that are concerned with the development of the community can become a Registered Community Organization (RCO) in order to have a formal role in the current development projects as well as neighborhood planning processes.

Visit the City of Pittsburgh’s RCO site.

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