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Old Posted Jul 12, 2018, 7:27 PM
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Although no doubt the city will appeal because people are freaking out! This is a big win in the interim.
Not my field but that always looked legally suspect to me, and I personally wouldn't bet on the City winning an appeal either.
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Old Posted Jul 13, 2018, 2:03 AM
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Something to keep an eye on--producer prices in the construction industry have been spiking upward, which may constrain future projects:

https://buildingpittsburgh.com/2018/...mes-a-problem/
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Old Posted Jul 13, 2018, 2:27 AM
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https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsbur...boulevard.html

The city plans to move some departments into the newly renovated 420 boulevard of the Allies. I would imagine they are taking most if not all of the space
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Old Posted Jul 13, 2018, 2:58 PM
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https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsbur...boulevard.html

The city plans to move some departments into the newly renovated 420 boulevard of the Allies. I would imagine they are taking most if not all of the space
That's the old Art Institute building, and as of last year the owners were talking about something pretty swank:

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/ci...s/201707270049

https://www.wilkow.com/portfolio/420-boulevard-allies

I can't read more than the opening blurb, but I wonder if they backed off on all that.

I also gather from the blurb the City might finally move out of the Robin building and let someone else redevelop it, which would be nice.

ETA:

Trib article confirming they would vacate the Robin building and try to sell it:

https://triblive.com/local/allegheny...civic-building

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Rubinstein said the city would solicit bids to sell the Civic Building if the deal to buy the building on the Boulevard of the Allies is approved. He estimated that could happen in six months. Rubinstein said there are no current offers to buy the Ross Street building.

The city in 2011 considered a $1 million sale to PMC Property Group Inc. of Philadelphia, but the deal fell through.
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Old Posted Jul 13, 2018, 3:09 PM
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By the way, there is a LOT of untapped potential in that area:

https://www.google.com/maps/search/4.../data=!3m1!1e3

It is all right next to a T station, a key bike trail, major highways, and of course the rest of Downtown. The BoA ramp and T tracks are a bit of a challenge, but you could maybe incorporate parking podiums and such.
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Old Posted Jul 13, 2018, 3:47 PM
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Interesting way of valuing the benefits of living in an undervalued city (with Pittsburgh topping the list of "surplus" cities):

https://www.nextpittsburgh.com/busin...-a-good-thing/

Philly is second, followed by Newark and Baltimore. After that is Ann Arbor, which I can attest is a really nice college town, but really a different class of city.

This is the third edition of this report--Pittsburgh was #1 in the first report, then #3 last year. It actually looks like our surplus has been increasing each year, but for some reason Charleston and Augusta spiked up in 2017 and then went back down this year.
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Old Posted Jul 13, 2018, 4:14 PM
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Don't know how to post pictures in here which is frustrating but I found this render of Esplanade from Millcraft that I personally had not seen before:

http://millcraftideas.com/projects/

Scroll down to the third project
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Old Posted Jul 13, 2018, 4:28 PM
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Don't know how to post pictures in here which is frustrating but I found this render of Esplanade from Millcraft that I personally had not seen before:

http://millcraftideas.com/projects/

Scroll down to the third project
Wow! Here's the image I pulled from their site using a little magic...
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Old Posted Jul 13, 2018, 7:13 PM
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That looks pretty cool.
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That's in Chateau?
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Old Posted Jul 14, 2018, 10:43 AM
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That's in Chateau?
Yep, just past the West End Bridge.
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Wow! Here's the image I pulled from their site using a little magic...
That's pretty ambitious. I wonder what the timeframe is on that. In related news, what is going on with the proposed Rivers Casino Hotel slightly upstream?:
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That's pretty ambitious. I wonder what the timeframe is on that. In related news, what is going on with the proposed Rivers Casino Hotel slightly upstream?:
Developers tend to be very ambitious with their plans. I suspect we'll ultimately see something drastically scaled back from that rendering.
In regards to the hotel? They originally had plans to start construction in the spring 2017. I can't find one article about the hotel's construction. Other than when they announced their plans late January of 2017. Odd.
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That’s a cool plan. Hope it happens.

The one immediately to the left of the Ferris wheel looks exactly like a scaled down version of Revel (now Oceans) casino in Atlantic City haha
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Esplanade theoretically was supposed to break ground in 2020. I don't recall a completion date and I assume it would be phased.

I note they also apparently pitched the location to Amazon, so they might be waiting for word on that.
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I want to say there was a mention of the Rivers Casino hotel at the beginning of the year, when they hired a new GM. I wonder if the new guy is not as enthusiastic about the hotel.
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