Follow construction site progress live here as the new FNB Financial Center emerges at 260 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA, 15129. Whether you're traveling by bike or bus, scooter, the T or two-seater, or taking a scenic stroll through the expertly manicured green space of Frankie Mae Pace Park, imagine the future 26-story next generation office space nestled within 7+ acres of urban open space anchoring the state's only 28 acre LEED Gold certified mixed-use community - the Lower Hill District. Can you see it?
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We have multiple workforce wins for the month of December, from the JLL facilities management trainees to individual hires; but we want to highlight one of our most significant wins — Daniel Anderson!
Daniel was recruited into the street team by Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis and then ushered into the APRI “Breaking the Chains of Poverty” Program, which introduces trainees to certifications, the energy trades and some life skills. He broke a record as one of the highest scorers on the entrance exam and entered the program. Upon graduation, trainees have the opportunity to apply for apprentices with skilled tradesmen.
Daniel was on his way to apply for an apprenticeship but we directed him to a company that had an immediate need to train someone just like him for a construction management apprenticeship with Rycon. He sent in his new resume with his certifications, interviewed, got the job and began December 6, 2021. He waved goodbye to his former job and is beginning his career with no school debt!
Congratulations, Daniel! We’re so proud of you!
November 30, 2021 - The groundbreaking for Big Tom’s Barbershop was a joyous, community event, well-supported by the Historic Hill District Community, its residents, stakeholders and supporters! Hamm’s Barbershop, located at 2178 Centre Ave., named after the man and a place heavily revered in the Hill, has been vacant for a decade following his death. Now, Thomas Boyd, Sr., who is affectionately known as “Big Tom,” is ready to fill Mr. Hamm’s space with his own successful barbershop a bit further down Centre Avenue.
The heavy investment into Big Tom’s Barbershop emerged because it is a part of Mayor Peduto’s “Avenues of Hope” program and because of the desire to invest in someone who so heavily invested in his community. Dr. Diamonte Walker of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) served as the mistress of ceremonies, while elected officials from Senator Wayne Fontana, State Representative Jake Wheatley, Mayor Bill Peduto and City Councilman, Daniel Lavelle shared their perspectives.
Mr. Boyd will relocate his business to the first floor, while the second and third floors will be rehabbed into four one-bedroom apartments affordable to households at or below 80% area media income. Adjacent lots will be beautified and used as open space for the community and pop up sales.
To date the project has received over $1.94 million in funding from First National Bank (the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corporation), Lower Hill Group, Neighborhood Allies, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and URA. The project has also received over 450 of intensive technical assistance from Neighborhood Allies through their Centralized Real Estate Accelerator.
ACH Clear Pathways partnered with the Lower Hill development team on a youth art project that was recently installed on fence wrap along Logan Street in the Lower Hill. Young art students from ACH Clear Pathways Summer 2021 program sketched and colored pictures of the Hill District based on historic photographs. The result is a cheerful link from the old Hill District to the new one. Graphics were finalized by local graphic artist, Brandon Jennings. Each student is honored with their names positioned alongside their artwork!