2846 Boulevard of the Allies

Project summary: The owner will be renovating 2846 Boulevard of the Allies into flex office spaces. The renovation will include contemporary improvements to the facade. There is sufficient parking existing on the property. The owner is currently revising drawings and has not yet submitted applications for building permits. The building is by right and has an existing occupancy permit.

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Scaife Hall Addition - 3550 Terrace Street

Developer: University of Pittsburgh

Project Summary: Pitt plans to tear down the auditorium portion of the structure that sits at Lothrop and Terrace and rebuild a 110,000 gsf addition. The proposal also includes the renovation of the existing structure to add more academic and lab space. Pitt solicited community feedback on this project in conjunction with their meeting for the IMP on February 11, 2019. This project was presented at the Oakland-Wide Community Meeting on May 29. They had a Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing on July 18, 2019.

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Please use this form to submit comments on the most recent proposal.

3440 Forbes Ave - Wexford Science + Technology

Developer: Wexford Science + Technology

Project summary: Proposed new construction for commercial development. Reviewed at the March 27, 2019 Oakland-Wide Community Meeting. Developer returned to the Oakland-Wide Community Meeting on May 29, 2019 to present updates.

OPDC requested a copy of the transportation study for the proposal. Wexford notified OPDC on July 9 that the study was not yet available. Per input at the two Oakland-Wide Community Meetings, OPDC and a group of community members discussed a package of potential community benefits with Wexford. The community’s requested community benefits package and Wexford’s response are linked below. At this point, no community benefits agreement is in place.

Wexford’s ZBA hearing was schedule for July 11, 2019. Council President Bruce Kraus, at the request of OPDC and community members, requested that the hearing be postponed in order to further consider impact and community benefits. ZBA granted this request. Wexford will appear again at ZBA on July 25, 2019 at 9:40 a.m.

JULY 17 IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: Please review the latest information OPDC has regarding potential community benefits (linked below). Given the short time frame before the next ZBA hearing, we need your input immediately. Please review the most recent community benefits proposal and complete the feedback survey below.

JULY 22 MEETING WITH COUNCIL PRESIDENT BRUCE KRAUS: Council President Bruce Kraus invites Oakland community members to join him to discuss the Wexford Development:

3:00 pm on Monday, July 22nd 
at Fuel & Fuddle (212 Oakland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

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Community benefits agreement (CBA) negotiation:

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Please use this form to submit comments on Wexford’s current community benefits package proposal.

Please use this form to submit comments on the most recent project proposal.

1000 Technology Drive signage

Project summary: Hitachi, located at 1000 Technology Drive, is seeking Planning Commission approval to place two channel letter signs on their building. The signs measure 60” in height. Both will be highwall signs as they are above 30’.

This project will be included on the July 30 Oakland-Wide Community Meeting agenda.

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The Oaklander Hotel rooftop communication facility

Project summary: T-Mobile is proposing (3) antenna locations to be installed on the existing rooftop utility room structure at The Oaklander Hotel (5130 Bigelow Blvd). Antennas will be stealth with a fiberglass covering, color blended to building siding. Radio cabinets are also located on roof by other mechanical items.

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207 Lytton Avenue

Developer: Homeowner

Project summary: The homeowners of this Schenley Farms Historic District home are seeking to replace the current shingle roof with a metal roof. They shared their first choice metal “slate” option with the community at public meeting on June 3, 2019 prior to presenting at a Historic Review Commission hearing on July 3, 2019. Depending on quotes and if their first choice is denied, they may also present a second option of alternative slate roof made of recycled materials. If that is also denied, they will default to an asphalt roof options that has been previously accepted by the HRC.

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0 Boundary Street

Developer: Thomas Liang

Project Summary: Owner of the vacant lot bordering Boundary Street, Yarrow Way, and Isis Way is proposing a town home development of five or six units - see below for the site plan options. The developer presented these proposals at the Oakland-Wide Community Meeting on May 29.

In 2017, the owner proposed to build around eight units on the lot, which was met with community opposition because it did not comply with zoning. OPDC encouraged the owner to postpone their ZBA hearing at the time. Oakwatch and nearby residents have been vigilant about code enforcement concerns related to overgrowth and a failing retaining wall. These concerns have been before various court hearings.

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Please use this form to submit comments on the most recent proposal.

3247 Ward Street

Developer: OPA-HI Development LLC

Project Summary: The owner of the vacant lot at 3247 Ward St originally proposed splitting the property into two parcels and building a single family house facing Ward and a duplex facing Hardie Way. The project was granted a continuance at the December 13 Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing due to a lack of community process. After hearing concerns from residents, the developers are now proposing to split the lot and build two single family homes; one facing Ward St and one facing Hardie Way.

The project has since been revised so that both dwellings have a front entrance on Ward St. The developers requested side setbacks at a ZBA hearing on May 16, 2019 (see page 9 of the agenda).

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Walnut on Fifth - 3342 Fifth Ave

Developer: Walnut Capital

Project summary: Developer plans to build a 10-story office building geared toward technical, medical, and research companies. The use of the building is in compliance with zoning code, but the developers went in front of the Zoning Board for height, FAR, and parking. Walnut Capital presented their preliminary plans at a public meeting on January 23, 2019 and hosted a follow-up meeting on February 25, 2019. The project was heard at the ZBA hearing on March 14, 2019. OPDC executed a community benefits agreement with Walnut Capital that addresses 1) transportation demand management strategies, 2) community oriented retail space, and 3) investment in Oakland Community Land Trust.

The ZBA approved Walnut Capital’s request for a new 10-story office building with ground level retail and 100 accessory parking spaces on May 9, 2019 (see decision below).

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Parcel 3 - Technology Drive

Developer: Elmhurst Group

Project summary: In November 2017, Elhurst Group began drafting a proposal to the URA for a tech research/light manufacturing development. In Spring of 2018, they entered into an exclusive negotiation for the site. They reached out to the community to collect feedback. In Fall 2018, the developers submitted finalized plans to the URA and the Department of City Planning.

A few minor architectural updates have since been made to the proposal. Elmurst Group presented at Planning Commission for approval on May 7. The two-building, 156,000 square foot project will contain tech-flex commercial space. See below for the most recent presentation on building materials and space composition.

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Scaife Hall - 4805 Frew St

Developer: Carnegie Mellon University

Project summary: CMU has amended their IMP to include tearing down Scaife Hall and building a five story structure at the same location. The project will invlove rezoning a small strip of land from 'park' to 'EMI'. There is no timeline yet for when CMU will go to Planning Commission, nor when this project will be completed. CMU presented proposed amendments to their Institutional Master Plan, as well as spoke to plans for Scaife Hall at an Oakland-Wide Community Meeting on April 23.

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Carlow University Fifth Avenue Site

Developer: The Elmhurst Group

Project summary: Carlow University and the Elmhurst Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop university-owned property along Fifth Avenue in Oakland.  The project site is located west of the university’s driveway on Fifth Avenue and opposite the intersection between Fifth and Craft Avenues.  The university will share space in the future building, which is projected to be approximately 225,000 square feet. This project will be included in Carlow University’s Institutional Master Plan.

Point Park Playhouse - 222 Craft Ave.

Developer: Point Park University

Project summary: A fence is currently up around the property for asbestos abatement. Point Park has applied for a demolition permit. Reviewed at the March 27, 2019 Oakland-Wide Community Meeting. The project was up for hearing and action at the May 21 Planning Commission agenda. If the project moves forward, Point Park expects to start demolition in early June. The entire demo will take 60-90 days and may cause the temporary closure of sidewalks and streets bordering the site. After the demo, the site will be graded to ensure proper drainage and storm water management.

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Please use this form to submit comments on the most recent proposal.

UPMC Heart and Transplant Hospital - De Soto and Fifth Avenue

Developer: UPMC

Project Summary: UPMC plans on building a new heart and transplant hospital on the field in front of Presbyterian Hostpital on Fifth Avenue. The 18-story, 900,000 sq ft. building will have 620 private rooms for patients. UPMC hosted two community meetings in late 2018 to answer resident questions and discuss how the development plans could include some community benefits. This hospital is consistent with the UPMC institutional master plan (IMP), which was approved by the city in late 2014. This development requires City Planning Commission approval, but does not need to go in front of the City Council as it is in their IMP. As of early March, UPMC is putting this project on pause and plans to re-engage the community with public meetings in the final quarter of 2019. OPDC will reach out to residents when these meetings have been scheduled.

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Pedestrian Fence on Forbes Ave between Bouquet St and Bigelow Blvd

Developer: University of Pittsburgh

Project Summary: University of Pittsburgh is planning to erect a fence along Forbes Avenue between Bouquet Street and Bigelow Boulevard. The fence, along the right side of Forbes, is intended to deter pedestrians from crossing Forbes. The fence will not block the bus stops at Bouquet or Bigelow and will allow space for two buses to queue up. Pitt will install a temporary fence when they put up the new light for the mid-block crossing in front of David Lawrence Hall, to be followed by the permanent installation. Pitt presented their plans to the art commission on 2/27.