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IMBY Nov 7, 2014 2:58 AM

Thanks DKNewYork for the update.

I haven't been to Pittsburgh since 1988, and looking at the skyline today, not much has changed. They were starting to build the subway when I was there, but I sure would love to go back there some day. I had dinner, one night, at a restaurant on a bluff there, at sunset, stayed to see the lights of the city come on and WOW! It blew me away! And I've since referred to Pittsburg as the San Francisco of the East!

TBone7281 Nov 7, 2014 11:15 AM

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Originally Posted by IMBY (Post 6798466)
I haven't been to Pittsburgh since 1988, and looking at the skyline today, not much has changed.

I was going to make an argument that LOTS has changed. And then I thought about it and realized only one building of any significance has been added since 1988 (3 PNC) and depending on where you are looking from, you'd have no idea it was even there. As much as we all wish the new PNC Tower was taller, it is the first building to really change the skyline since Highmark opened in the late 80's.

BrianTH Nov 7, 2014 11:25 AM

Ferchill is moving ahead with their plans to expand the Heinz Lofts apartments into the building they acquired from Buncher:

http://www.post-gazette.com/business...s/201411070077

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The long red brick building known as the service building still bears the Heinz name above its main entrance. For years, the giant ketchup bottle now at the Heinz History Center was mounted on one side. Currently vacant, the structure at one time contained testing labs, offices and an auditorium.

Ms. Ferchill said the building will be gutted and rehabbed as part of the $35 million project. When finished, it will feature a mix of micro (one-bedroom apartments with less than 500 square feet of space) and one- and two-bedroom units. All of the apartments will have high ceilings, lots of windows and high-end cabinets, finishes and fixtures.
More micro units, particularly in locations like this (across from the Strip, and walking/biking distance to Downtown) are very welcome.

BrianTH Nov 7, 2014 11:33 AM

Overview of CMU's long term plans for building along Forbes:

http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburg....html?page=all

I'm not thrilled about CMU dominating such a large footprint. But if it is going to happen anyway, it might as well look nice along Forbes.

BrianTH Nov 7, 2014 11:39 AM

Permits have issued for four important apartment projects:

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/B...id=wo2J3hBMPDw

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Activity in commercial real estate - a segment tied very directly to jobs - continues to be on the upswing. The apartment segment of the market is experiencing a burst of new construction in the fourth quarter. Permits were pulled in October for four new projects: the 74-unit Uptown Apartments being built by Massaro for Castlebrook Development, the first phase of the 360-unit EastSide Apartments being built by PJ Dick, Oxford's 300-unit Yards at Three Crossings being built by Rycon and the 56-unit 3030 South Water Street project built by P. W. Campbell for Ralph Falbo. Another 600-800 units are in the hopper for construction before the year ends.

BrianTH Nov 7, 2014 11:51 AM

City Council is looking at implementing dynamic parking rates, which have been tested near CMU:

http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/7...#axzz3INVTXQp0

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“The way it works around Carnegie Mellon is the parking spots that are in high demand that are closer to the university cost more money, while the parking spots that are farther away cost less,” said Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak. . . . Council members attending an informational meeting on the CMU project liked what they heard from the professors who run it. Mark Fichman and Stephen Spear said revenue from meters around campus has increased dramatically since the program's inception in January 2013.

Total revenue from the 400 meters was $60,922 in October 2012 when rates were $2 per hour for meters on Schenley Drive and Margaret Morrison, Frew and Tech streets. With hourly rates bouncing from $1 to $2 in October 2013 and October 2014, revenue increased to $86,071 and $95,350, respectively, Fichman said. “We had substantial increases in revenues with lower average rates,” he said. He said fluctuating rates also triggered greater parking availability and filled metered spots where people rarely parked. When rates were $2 per hour, 18 meters on Frew Street were always empty because people had to walk up a steep hill to get back to their vehicles. “We changed that block to half the price, and it immediately went from empty to full,” Fichman said.

The professors said Pittsburgh should expand dynamic parking across the city and include garages and surface lots the parking authority controls. “Council is very interested in doing something like this,” said Councilman Corey O'Connor, who chaired the meeting.
All this is basic economics. Letting price adjust to demand allows you to simultaneously increase availability in the most desirable places, increase utilization in the less desirable places, and increase total revenues.

Now if only we applied the same logic to congested highways . . . .

wpipkins2 Nov 7, 2014 6:05 PM

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Originally Posted by TBone7281 (Post 6798751)
I was going to make an argument that LOTS has changed. And then I thought about it and realized only one building of any significance has been added since 1988 (3 PNC) and depending on where you are looking from, you'd have no idea it was even there. As much as we all wish the new PNC Tower was taller, it is the first building to really change the skyline since Highmark opened in the late 80's.

You can still make the argument. The last major office tower built in downtown prior to 3PNC was the CNG /EQT Tower. Downtown Pittsburgh improved its streetscape and historically preserved many blocks throughout downtown. Pittsburgh has added many "green" buildings including Mellon Client Service Center, PNC Firstside, and the David L Lawrence Convention Center. Downtown Pittsburgh's cultural district and housing developments added more to downtown than any skyscrpaer could do.

daviderik Nov 7, 2014 10:04 PM

..and don't forget all the signage on top of all the buildings. blah

wpipkins2 Nov 7, 2014 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by daviderik (Post 6799623)
..and don't forget all the signage on top of all the buildings. blah

I dont mind the signage.

Austinlee Nov 7, 2014 11:25 PM

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Originally Posted by wpipkins2 (Post 6799715)
I dont mind the signage.

It's a polarizing issue. I actually like signs too.

Austinlee Nov 7, 2014 11:27 PM

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Originally Posted by wpipkins2 (Post 6799200)
You can still make the argument. The last major office tower built in downtown prior to 3PNC was the CNG /EQT Tower. Downtown Pittsburgh improved its streetscape and historically preserved many blocks throughout downtown. Pittsburgh has added many "green" buildings including Mellon Client Service Center, PNC Firstside, and the David L Lawrence Convention Center. Downtown Pittsburgh's cultural district and housing developments added more to downtown than any skyscrpaer could do.

Yes, there have been several large projects that changed the street level for the better that don't effect the skyline. All of those ones you mentioned plus the "small" highrises, 151 Firstside and Encore on 7th.

ks2006 Nov 8, 2014 2:55 PM

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Originally Posted by IMBY (Post 6798466)
Thanks DKNewYork for the update.

I haven't been to Pittsburgh since 1988, and looking at the skyline today, not much has changed. They were starting to build the subway when I was there, but I sure would love to go back there some day. I had dinner, one night, at a restaurant on a bluff there, at sunset, stayed to see the lights of the city come on and WOW! It blew me away! And I've since referred to Pittsburg as the San Francisco of the East!

Are you sure it wasn't earlier than 1988 that you visited? I thought the subway in Pittsburgh was completed in 1984.

Found5dollar Nov 8, 2014 7:36 PM

The saddest news of the week. This just proves that we need Conflict Kitchen more than ever.

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/din...s/201411080153
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Conflict Kitchen closes after death threat
November 8, 2014 12:15 AM

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Oakland restaurant Conflict Kitchen has closed until further notice after receiving a letter containing death threats, according to a post on its Facebook page.

Conflict Kitchen will remain closed until the credibility of the letter is confirmed by police, according to the post. The restaurant in Schenley Plaza serves foods from countries with which the United States is in conflict.
...

DKNewYork Nov 9, 2014 7:15 PM

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Originally Posted by BrianTH (Post 6798757)
Overview of CMU's long term plans for building along Forbes:

http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburg....html?page=all

I'm not thrilled about CMU dominating such a large footprint. But if it is going to happen anyway, it might as well look nice along Forbes.

The article mentions CMU's "ongoing expansion along Craig Street..." Is this referring to a specific project on Craig? What is being built?

Gilamonster Nov 11, 2014 12:54 AM

Short term pain for long term gain:

http://http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2014/11/10/forbes-avenues-downtown-stretch-closed-for-8.html

Austinlee Nov 11, 2014 1:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Gilamonster (Post 6802867)


And that same thing may happen to Smithfield Street if/when it becomes more of a pedestrian/cycling route

SkyPittsburgh Nov 11, 2014 1:38 AM

The City of Pittsburgh Released the 2015 Capital Budget, which includes the majority of the improvements the city plans to make this year. Some highlights:
-Cycle track on Stanwix and Boulevard of the Allies
-Cycle track on Lincoln Avenue
-Cycle track on Greenfield Road
-Cycle track on Allegheny Commons
-The long awaited Greenfield Bridge Demolition and Reconstruction
-The long dreaded continuation of the Penn Avenue reconstruction in Garfield
-Bike signage
-Various types of public art and streetface improvements (Dairy District, Grandview Avenue)
-Various updates to city buildings (Zone 4 Station, Medic 10 Station)
-Various improvements to senior centers
-Construction of 2 spray parks
-Continuing funding for the Larimer redevelopment
-Neville and Centre Off Road Bike Trail
http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpe...dget_FINAL.pdf

pghaedesign Nov 11, 2014 2:49 AM

With the investment coming to Allentown over the next few years, I would think it would be ideal to reopen the 52/Brown line. Even if its just to spin it as another positive for the neighborhood.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/ci...s/201411100013

GeneW Nov 11, 2014 1:02 PM

This seems like a neat little project over here on the North Side. I'm generally pretty slow to get excited about new projects over here since so many of them seem to fall through but if they actually go through with this, it will be a nice addition to North Ave.
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Renovations include:

A total restoration of the exterior of the property to comply with all historic preservation standards.
At least 15 parking spaces will be added on-site to accommodate renovations.
Five parking spaces for the 4-5 residential apartments.
Five parking spaces for the 1st floor Warehouse tenant.
Five parking spaces for Savage Visual Effects (3 employees total).
2nd floor of Warehouse space to be converted into a creative workspace for Savage VFX.
A large movie screening room for Savage that will be open for community use (small film fests or neighborhood movie nights).
A vibrant studio and gallery for local artists and photographers.
1st floor of Warehouse space to be fully renovated to accommodate a tenant (TBD) that will benefit the local community.
A roof garden that will not only provide another green space in the neighborhood, but serve as another community garden.
The residential space will be converted into 4-5 modern and sustainable apartments.

BrianTH Nov 11, 2014 2:42 PM

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Originally Posted by DKNewYork (Post 6801287)
The article mentions CMU's "ongoing expansion along Craig Street..." Is this referring to a specific project on Craig? What is being built?

I could be wrong, but that may be a garbling of CMU's plans to build out along either side of Forbes NEAR Craig.


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