It was an absolute pleasure for the Lower Hill Development Team to host the MacedoniaFACE Seniors’ visit to the Lower Hill Suite at PPG Paints Arena! This was a first hockey game for all of them. It made us both sad and glad because it reflects the growth and change that has happened in our neighborhood and throughout this city to be far more responsive around community engagement. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been making significant efforts, lately, and there is more to come. One gentleman told us that he saw both the construction AND the demolition of the Civic Arena. As Director of Community, Arts and Culture for The Buccini/Pollin Group, Dr. Kimberly Ellis stated, in relation to that fact, “I am still the Historian of the Historic Hill District and for the Lower Hill District Team. Elders are libraries and I am trying to read them all! “
Additional Lower Hill Team members in attendance were new BPG employee Jessica Jeffries, BPG’s Senior Vice President of Development, Boris Kaplan, and new Senior Vice President of Development for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Craig Dunham. We look forward to hosting more community members in our Lower Hill Suite!
Another small business spotlight will shine upon Angelica Grant, the CEO of Prestige Cleaning. Ms. Grant and her business has been rising to the top, lately, after her success working in residential post-construction and office cleanings, she has acquired new, more widespread and higher contracts with the City of Pittsburgh, as she secured her new office and became a graduate of the Riverside Center for Innovation’s BizFit Program. Angela’s Prestige Cleaning became the cleaning company charged with cleaning Point State Park following the Juneteeth and Soul Food Festival events and we hired her business to clean up the Frankie Mae Pace Park after our Hill Community Celebration and BBQ. Ms. Grant has used the First Source Center to seek out new hires and we look forward to working with her in the future. This picture of her advertisement at a bus stop at the corner of Crawford and Centre Avenue tells us exactly where she wants to be in the future---in the Centre of Energy!
Chef Cheyanne needed a kitchen to sell her delicious food. Cooking out of her house was unsustainable and Catapult Culinary offered a kitchen and business training resources. The Lower Hill first engaged with her as a caterer before she graduated from Catapult and have successfully contracted with Chef Cheyanne on several other recent events. Chef Cheyanne sells her award-winning greens and many other delicious items for pick up.
Find her HERE!
One Foot In The Past, One Foot In The Present, And Both Eyes On The Future
Soon, we will embark on the second phase of the Lower Hill District commercial development, Block E, which will include 900+ space parking garage and 4,500 person music venue, street-level retail space and community assets such as a retail business incubator. As we advance toward creating future opportunities with Block E, we also look back, and celebrate the M/WBE businesses that have been critical to advancing the FNB Financial Center on Block G.
Together, The Buccini/Pollin Group and partners of the Lower Hill Development team, have achieved impressive construction contracting commitments for FNB Financial Center, which is now 200 feet in the air and growing taller with the continued installation of concrete and steel.
To date, our initial contracts are valued at nearly $100 million and feature:
To participate in the upcoming Block E Info session: Click here to register and Click here to download the flyer