PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Big changes are coming to Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District.
On Tuesday, the city’s Planning Commission approved the first phase of development, which includes the 26-story First National Bank financial center.READ MORE: West Virginia Lowers COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Because Some Data Counted Twice
It is a construction job with a dream of urban redevelopment on a larger scale. It is a dream the Pittsburgh Penguins have worked on for a long time.
Plans for a mixed development space began with the soon-to-be-completed park over Interstate 579 and will continue on the site of the former Civic Arena.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board To Vote On Forming 'Education Crisis Intervention Committee'
The Penguins and partners want to transform the 28-acre site, and the FNB tower — with its office and retail spaces — is the beginning of the expansion to include the Middle and Upper Hill.
While the Penguins’ dreams include a large parking garage and a music venue, the bigger dream is to create investments in housing, job creation, scholarship opportunities and help for minority-owned businesses.
The Hill Community Development Corporation has been pushing for more than just temporary construction jobs. The group wants a total transformation of the community.MORE NEWS: South Strabane Township Police Say Missing 65-Year-Old Man John Ruffing Found Safe
Expect some sort of new construction this summer.