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PNC to build new 'eco-friendly' headquarters Downtown

 

PNC Financial Services Group will build the world's "most environmentally friendly skyrise" Downtown to serve as its new, $400 million worldwide headquarters.

 

The bank announced plans for the building during a press conference this afternoon at the Fairmont Hotel.

 

The building will be about 40 stories high and will be called the Tower at PNC Plaza. PNC hopes to exceed the highest level of certification offered by the U.S. Green Building Council.

 

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11143/1148621-100.stm#ixzz1NCYKLJTu

 

Full details at http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/pnc/42893/

 

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In other news, as American Greetings and Eaton pack their bags for the sticks, Pittsburgh will be getting a Crystal Palace in the sky courtesy of Cleveland's blood money!

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In other news, as American Greetings and Eaton pack their bags for the sticks, Pittsburgh will be getting a Crystal Palace in the sky courtesy of Cleveland's blood money!

 

Our backwards companies. Got to love em!

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I finally bothered to research the site. Generally, it is a block of 2 and 3 story highly-altered commercial buildings. Unfortunately, a cool little corner building is included.

 

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^ eh. damn. a perfect anonymous block to build on too.

 

good for the pitts, but will the cle companies take any notice? only the lawyers seem gung ho on downtown.

 

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Big loss here. Fine grain architecture makes a city. If you don't have it, your city sucks.  This is a big step backward IMO. Isn't there some ugly empty 1960s skyscraper they can demolish? 

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^ fine grain architecture? are you mad?!!

 

keep a an absolutely crappy block with only that one maybe formerly classy old corner building?

 

....or tear it up and build this badboy?:

 

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sheesh i think that decision is pretty easy!

 

 

 

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^Absolutely fantastic...but I agree with above posts...I am sure even in Pittsburgh there is some surface parking lot this great building could go on and  still save the urban fabric.  But very jealous...this just looks stunning.

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Im all for the preservation of historic buildings, but not everyone can be saved, especially if it is preventing the development of a great project like this. For parking, no historic building should ever die.

 

Besides that corner, the entire block is pretty blah, and the empty storefronts are surely not adding anything to downtown Pittsburgh.

 

Nothing special here.

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yeah sad that the parking lots must be more valuable than the crappy block was. maybe pnc owned that block for awhile and ruined it? i dk the background of the site choice. also, agree that rather cute little corner building is a shame to lose -- too bad it couldn't have been moved or just built around.

 

but.....

 

the tradeoff is easily more that worth it here. no question about it. thats one grand, interesting and slick tower gain for the pitts.

 

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I think it looks awesome. When talking projects like this, one always has to weigh the pros and cons of tearing down any historic buildings. In this case, I think it's clear the big skyscraper is a win for Downtown Pittsburgh.

 

I felt the same way about Toledo's Downtown arena. A few nice low-rise historic buildings were lost, but the arena was overall a bigger win for downtown, and filled in a half-block-sized surface lot. Plus it's very well-designed while being dense and urban.

 

Historic preservation is extremely important for Rust Belt cities, but economic growth is extremely important too. This skyscraper can do more for downtown Pittsburgh than the ugly low-rises did (though it is sad about that one little building). And it will be urban and beautiful. It's a very solid design that contrasts nicely with the other skyscrapers in Pittsburgh. It's a landmark for sure.

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Oxford's newest "green" skyscraper will also remove a historic building. This time the building spans the entire block and stands six stories. Unless it is in some type of terrible condition not visible from the exterior, it would seem to be an easy residential conversion with historic tax credits.

 

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Penguins, Pittsburgh reach agreement on redeveloping former Civic Arena site

September 9, 2014 11:14 PM

By Mark Belko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Local political leaders and the Pittsburgh Penguins have cleared the way for the redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site with a wide-ranging deal that creates the largest tax diversion district in the city’s history while giving the team more time to get started.

 

The agreement, finalized early Tuesday after more than a year of negotiations, not only settled thorny issues such as affordable housing and minority participation in the development but also creates a pot of money that is to be used to reinvest in the middle and upper Hill District.

 

“Today is transformative,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. “This is a way to go into the neighborhood and provide those opportunities for people who haven’t had them in the past.”

 

Mayor Bill Peduto said the deal not only would ensure the redevelopment of the arena site in the lower Hill but would help to “mend and heal” the neighborhood, which was separated from Downtown and saw 1,300 buildings leveled in an early 1960s urban renewal plan built around the Civic Arena construction.

 

READ MORE AT:

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/09/09/Penguins-Pittsburgh-reach-agreement-on-redeveloping-frormer-Civic-Arena-site/stories/201409090208#ixzz3Cv8xB7Tp


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Epic Development ‏@EpicDevPgh  16m

The PNC crane has a new friend! @Millcraftinv @PNCNews @DowntownPitt

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This is for the Gardens At Market Square (http://www.thegardensatmarketsquare.com/), being constructed by Millcraft. The Gardens project, which will be designed to be LEED certified silver, will be comprised of a 197 room Hilton Garden Inn, approximately 120,000 SF of Office space, approximately 14,000 SF of destination Retail and a 330 car parking garage. This project is scheduled for completion in 2015 for a cost of nearly $100 million.

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Pittsburgh's really on a roll.  The city has essentially become the "mini Houston" for the Oil and Gas work going on in the Utica and South Marcellus.  Just take a look at the companies that have built new buidings in the South Point development. 

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He's a parking expert. Trust him...

 

16 stories down there is horribly out of scale with the surroundings.

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16 stories hardly out of scale, but the design ain't great. It doesn't help to sit on a parking garage. That said, if building has to sit on a parking garage, I guess sandwiched between 279 and PNC Park is a good place.

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Office-building developers busy in Pittsburgh

 

 

Alco Parking President Merrill Stabile announced a plan Oct. 8 to build two 11-story office towers and a 1,227-space parking garage in a lot he owns behind PNC Park.

 

The next day, Raleigh, N.C.-based Highwoods Properties unveiled a proposal to erect a six-story glass office building on the Monongahela riverfront at SouthSide Works as part of a four-building deal with the Soffer Organization.

 

And in August, Oxford Development Co. pitched a plan for its Smithfield Street property — a 20-story office high-rise that it’s billing as the most efficient in the city.

 

It’s all about the office market in and near Downtown, local real estate experts say. It’s very tight, with top-of-the-line Class A office space tough to find. Developers are hoping to capitalize on the shortage.

 

 

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http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2014/10/17/Developers-flock-to-Downtown-before-space-runs-out/stories/201410170069

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Yeah, what a waste of space for a suburban office building...

The concept is not really suburban as it is built right up to the street with a ground floor that interacts very well with the street.  The height I think is what has people bummed, and leaving them with that sense of "suburban office structure".  Add about 10-15 floors to that with similar architecture, and I would take it any day in downtown Cleveland. 

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They built it horizontally because they could. The Civic Arena site is huge. I'm glad they plan to build it up to the sidewalk, but I'd prefer it turned on its side. Had the done so, it looks it would be about 22 stories tall but only about five office suites wide! But there are tall buildings downtown that are narrower than that.


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This is the same company pursuing the large Breakwater Bluffs apartment complex just east of Battery Park in Cleveland....

 

Housing plans unveiled for $450 million Strip District development

December 18, 2014 11:43 PM

By Mark Belko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

The Buncher Co. is jumping into the burgeoning Strip District housing market in a big way, teaming with a Cleveland developer to build 400 luxury apartments along the Allegheny riverfront.

 

NRP Group LLC has reached a deal to develop the $100 million complex along the river’s edge stretching from 19th to 21st Street as part of Buncher’s $450 million Riverfront Landing residential and office development.

 

The project would go a long way toward fulfilling Buncher’s goal of building more than 750 residential units on 37 acres of prime riverfront property it owns off Smallman Street, much of which is now used for parking.

 

MORE:

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/12/18/Cleveland-developer-teams-with-Buncher-for-Strip-District-housing/stories/201412180265


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Proposed 7 story Vitmore apartment project on Baum Blvd

 

A proposed seven-story apartment building in Friendship would feature a distinctive cutout that allows passers-by to look into an interior courtyard with work by local artists, development plans show.

 

The $14 million project includes 100 market-rate apartments and street-level retail space at Baum and South Graham Street. The former Rudy Molnar car repair shop, a vacant lot and a house sit there.

 

“The amenities would be geared toward shared work space rather than a swimming pool and party space,” Moshier said, adding that the rooftop and interior courtyard would offer areas to gather and relax.

Moshier said the building will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. He said rents are expected to average between $1,200 and $2,000 a month.

 

 

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Sky Vue, a $50+ million, 389-unit luxury apartment building, will be located between Fifth and Forbes in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood just west of the University of Pittsburgh. The development will also feature a 138-room limited service hotel, street-level retail, 10,000 sq ft of office space and a garage for 363 cars and 131 bikes.

 

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Thanks bcrice03. And welcome!

 

Thank you! I recently found this thread and wanted to update it to reflect the current apartment boom taking place in Pittsburgh.

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These are courtesy of the Detroit company that is also responsible for the Flats at East Bank in Cleveland:

 

Southside Works City Apartments

 

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Features:

264 Luxury Apartments and Penthouses

Specialty Market/Café

Boutique Hotel Style Lobby

Club Room

Indoor-Outdoor Pool

Zen Garden-Courtyard

24/7 Fitness Center

24/7 Business Center-Conference Room

Adjacent Parking Garage

Concierge Services

Green Building

 

 

Morrow Park City Apartments

 

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East Liberty Transit Center/ Eastside III TOD

 

The planned Eastside III development will be centered on a new $52 million transit center and will include more than 360 apartments and 50,000 square feet of retail.

 

The new multi-modal transit center will include a new bicycle parking garage, pedestrian links, and a hub for nearly 1,000 daily bus departures and arrivals. A new connection to Shadyside will be constructed via a pedestrian bridge.

 

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