Almono Development Site
In 2002, Pittsburgh foundation leaders took a bold step, purchasing a 178-acre track of former steel mill property with the vision for a sustainable development that would reflect Pittsburgh's future. The Almono site, named for the three rivers (Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio), is now positioned for development that leverages Pittsburgh's most recent market resurgence. ReMake is grateful for the opportunity to serve as project director, to advance the sustainable vision for the site and bring economic opportunity to the region.
The Almono development will drive sustainability best practices to the edge of possibility, setting new bars while also balancing market feasibility. The mixed-use program for the site intends to accept growth spilling over from the Oakland/university district that will create new innovations and jobs. A high standard for urban design is intended to create a place that will be the new melting pot for a diverse mix of local and global entrepreneurs in search of new home. ReMake will guide the final stages of planning, undertake infrastructure development, and solicit development interest that aligns with the sustainable vision for the site.
Engagement with the Hazelwood Community
In 1943, Mill 19 was built on the site to meeting wartime demands for steel that employed two generations of workers. When the steel mill was closed in 1997, those jobs disappeared forever, leaving families with few employment options. As a result, the adjacent Hazelwood neighborhood has experienced extreme decline and blight in the aftermath. The Almono LP and its community partners are working to prepare the people of Greater Hazelwood for the new economy that will be built on the Almono site. As with any new development there is also the potential risk of displacement of long-time families which the Hazelwood Initiative and its partners are working to reduce through home renovation and ownership programs. Additionally, the Greater Hazelwood Community Collaborative is embarking on a neighborhood planning effort to create a vision and goals for the neighborhood. As project director, ReMake is working collaboratively with these and other organizations and initiatives, to ensure that development of the site creates opportunity for local people, and that the site is physically connected to the neighborhood to build unison and benefit for all.
Sustainability On the Site
A critical aspect of the site development is the creation of a global model for sustainable community development. Multiple metrics for sustainability, including the p4 Performance Measures and the Living Community Challenge, are being considered as methods for establishing sustainability standards and goals for the site. ReMake is providing technical expertise to shape the sustainability goals for the site and guide implementation.