On May 2, several of our elected officials convened a public meeting for residents and property owners to share concerns about the proposal Oakland Gateway Ventures continues to float for the Bates Street corridor, which now includes a 3,000 space parking garage and extending Halket Street down to 376.
Discussion at this meeting revealed that the developer has increased the scale of the proposal and is now seeking state and federal funding to implement it, though there is no official support from any state or federal officials on record. Thanks to Representative Jake Wheatley, Senator Jay Costa, Councilman Bruce Kraus and PennDOT for this productive conversation.
As of now, there is still no official proposal before the City of Pittsburgh. OPDC remains strongly opposed to the project in its current form as it is inconsistent with the Oakland 2025 master plan, violates zoning, involves public takings for private gain, and would cause negative air quality and public safety impacts. We will continue to share updates as they develop. Click below to read the notes from the meeting.