2013-2014 HDCG Planning School

"Lower Hill: Inclusionary Zoning"

Tuesday, September 17th @ 6:00pm
Hill House Conference Room
1835 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Frank Hammond
First Vice President for BNY Mellon Bank

Bob Damewood
Staff Attorney at Regional Housing Legal Services

George Moses
Inclusionary Zoning Task Force Coordinator, Southwestern PA Housing Alliance

Join the Hill District Consensus Group and our featured speakers for a discussion around Inclusionary Zoning (IZ), the Lower Hill, and why IZ is important for the future of our community.

The Lower Hill will be home to one of the largest redevelopment projects our city has planned for the next decade. Millions of public tax dollars will help pay for the project. But how will this project benefit our community? Public subsidy requires public benefit. The Hill District Master Plan makes it clear that community members want inclusionary affordable housing & business development in the Lower Hill. But how do we make that vision a reality?

  • What is Inclusionary Zoning (IZ)?
  • Why is IZ important for building sustainable communities?
  • Where has IZ been adopted?
  • How can IZ be implemented in the Lower Hill?
  • Who is advocating for IZ in our city and region?
Food and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP! shao@hdcg.org or 412-697-4692.

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About the Lower Hill + The Hill Master Plan


The Lower Hill District

Reconnect the Lower Hill to the rest of the Hill District and rebuild it as an active neighborhood with connections to Downtown.  As the historic marketplace for the Hill, the Lower Hill has not yet recovered from the 1950s demolition for urban renewal. However, with the new Consol Center already in use and an exciting plan for reuse of the Lower Hill site, the neighborhood is poised to rebound. Successful growth will include strong connections to the surrounding blocks and a mix of uses. 

Guiding Concepts
  1. Create a continuous and connected street network complete the grid
  2. Develop a mix of uses, with a retail node at Centre Avenue and Crawford Street that reinforces the identity of Centre Avenue as a retail street
  3. Improve streetscape along Centre Avenue (lighting, signage, and vegetation) 

Related Program Initiatives  Streetscape Improvements (p. 65)
The investment in infrastructure is an ongoing enterprise that improves and maintains the community spaces of the neighborhood. Well-designed and gracious streets create value for adjacent real estate and safety for users. Focusing on streetscape and intersection improvements will change the perception and improve the pedestrian experience. 

Comprehensive Parking Strategy (p. 66)
Parking is already an issue in the Greater Hill District and demand is likely to increase as the Hill is revitalized. A comprehensive parking strategy for the Hill could incorporate a number of measures to appropriately distribute parking in the neighborhood and also address the quantity and quality of neighborhood parking, whether setting minimum standards for green space in parking lots or limiting the construction of new parking areas.


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