Final Community Conversation of 2023, FNB Financial Center and More!
The Lower Hill District
News & Updates
Season’s Greetings. In the picture above, the FNB Financial Center now stands tall and nearly complete, with the reflection from the sky bouncing off its state-of-the-art glass exterior. We remember the day when the construction team first raised the tower crane high into the sky. After rapid progress this summer and earlier this fall, that crane has been disassembled and the project has advanced that much closer to a 2024 Grand Opening. Along the way, the focus on new and greater opportunities for businesses and individuals has had significant impacts, with recent updates summarized in the stories below. We are thankful for your continued interest and partnership in re-building, re-connecting and re-energizing the Lower Hill.
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Virtual Community Conversation
November 29th | 5:30 PM | Zoom and Facebook Live
The Lower Hill Redevelopment team would like to invite you to our final public meeting of the 2023 year, a Virtual Community Conversation, on Wednesday, November 29, at 5:30 pm. This meeting is a chance to learn more about the overall development in the Lower Hill District and ask members of the development team questions directly. We hope you can join us, and we hope you’ll invite friends and neighbors who have an interest in the project.
Pittsburgh Penguins and F.N.B. Small Business Development Camp
F.N.B. and the Penguins have teamed up to assist locally-owned small businesses through the F.N.B. Small Business Development Camp. In this six-week program, industry experts will cover various topics, including financial services and resources available to small businesses, pricing models, general marketing, finding and attracting investors for businesses, building and managing a team, and general pitch preparation. At the end of the program, each business will present a "pitch" to an expert panel of judges, with the top three groups receiving a share of a $50,000 grant towards their operations, and all five companies will receive marketing opportunities with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Home Repair Funds Granted to 23 Hill Home Owners in First Round
Shared prosperity is an important aspect of the Lower Hill Redevelopment, so we are excited that 23 Hill District homeowners will receive funds for home repairs from a $7.1 million contribution made by the Lower Hill Redevelopment team in September 2021 that went into the Greater Hill District Neighborhood Reinvestment Fund. This marks the first time Greater Hill District Neighborhood Reinvestment Fund money will be available directly to Hill District residents. In August 2023, the URA and Reinvestment Fund announced plans to use $465,000 for a grant program for homeowners to receive up to $20,000 to cover the cost of home repairs. Over 250 applications were received. These initial disbursements to local homeowners are imminent.
Curtain Call and Urban Open Space in the Lower Hill District
Over the last three months, there have been multiple meetings reviewing the Curtain Call and Urban Open Space portion of the Lower Hill Redevelopment: August 22 - a site walk and meeting at St Benedict the Moor convened by Hill CDC, Consensus Group and Schenley Heights Collaborative, August 29 - Hill CDC Bi-Monthly Plans Meeting, September 6 – Development Review Panel and September 18 – joint RCO Development Activities Meeting. The next portion of the open space is ready for public review and we invite you to attend the upcoming Development Activities Meeting on December 18th to learn about the Block F2 Urban Open Space project at Logan St. & Wylie Avenue.
The Hill District Consensus Group, Hill District Community Development Corporation, and Hill District Collaborative are hosting a Development Activities Meeting (DAM) with the Department of City Planning on December 18th at 6:00 pm. The Block F2 Urban Open Space project at Logan St. & Wylie Avenue will be discussed, and members of the public are encouraged to attend. Once completed, the Urban Open Space plan for the Lower Hill District will be over 3 acres and will be completed in phases with the development project. The first phase, being constructed as part of the FNB project of 0.6 acres, will open in 2024.The link for the meeting will be posted athereone day before the meeting.
The First Source Center willl be available virtually during regularly scheduled office hours this Winter: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am - 4:30 pm, and Wednesday, 10 am - 6 pm. If you would like to request an in-person appointment, call oremailtoday! Check the calendar on theFirst Source Center webpagefor upcoming events.
The First Source Center will be in attendance! Please stop by our table and learn about our partnerships in the construction industry. Sign up with us so we can keep you informed about new programs and opportunities!
November 28 - February 6, 2024| Tuesday & Thursdays | 6 - 8 pm
For the fourth year, Buccini Pollin Group, Development Manager Matt Corace, will share his construction management expertise by teaching a class on bidding and estimating as part of Riverside Center for Innovation's (RCI) BizFIT Tier 2 Construction program. This comprehensive program combines training, connections, and expertise to enable entrepreneurs to grow sustainable enterprises. The program runs November 28, 2023 - February 6, 2024, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6 pm - 8 pm, offered Online via Zoom. If you want to learn more about construction management, gain confidence in your trade, and master your skills, sign up today!
Bomani Howze Honored as, 'Developer of the Year' at Black Excellence in Real Estate 2023 Awards Gala
The Lower Hill Development team's, Bomani Howze, VP of Development for the Buccini Pollin Group and CEO and President of OLMEC Development was named Developer of the Year at the 2023 Black Excellence in Real Estate Gala.
Bomani Howze Discusses Revitalization and Redlining
The Lower Hill Development team's, Bomani Howze, mission to revitalize neighborhoods affected by redlining is reshaping the trajectory of low-income communities. Hear from him in this short clip. Video courtesy of 2023 Black Excellence in Real Estate.
1-Minute Video: Twenty-Six Stories in Twenty-Four Months!
Watch the FNB Financial Center Rise
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