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Old Posted Feb 20, 2024, 5:58 PM
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The K&L Gates building is going into foreclosure. 78% occupancy rate for it but its owner is One Oliver Associates, LP so their other properties downtown must not be going too hot.
K&L Gates is looking to relocate. Rumor has it that K&L Gates prefers a signature building and possibly a new tower. K&L Gates spared no expense for the current headquarters so hopefully this leads to development in the immediate downtown area.
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Old Posted Feb 20, 2024, 6:12 PM
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K&L Gates is looking to relocate. Rumor has it that K&L Gates prefers a signature building and possibly a new tower. K&L Gates spared no expense for the current headquarters so hopefully this leads to development in the immediate downtown area.
If K&L Gates goes through with a new-build headquarters, I'm 90% certain it will be in the Strip District, not Downtown, unfortunately.
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Old Posted Feb 20, 2024, 9:52 PM
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If K&L Gates goes through with a new-build headquarters, I'm 90% certain it will be in the Strip District, not Downtown, unfortunately.
I was thinking the Hill District or the Strip District. Either of those would be considered the greater Downtown Pittsburgh area.
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Old Posted Feb 21, 2024, 1:54 AM
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I was thinking the Hill District or the Strip District. Either of those would be considered the greater Downtown Pittsburgh area.
Yeah, it's possible that a site is built out in the Lower Hill as well.

It would be kind of ironically amusing if, 10-20 years from now, the Lower Hill is a much more thriving node of class A commercial space than Downtown proper.
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Old Posted Feb 21, 2024, 3:07 AM
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K&L Gates is looking to relocate. Rumor has it that K&L Gates prefers a signature building and possibly a new tower. K&L Gates spared no expense for the current headquarters so hopefully this leads to development in the immediate downtown area.
While a new hq would be great, it would suck for downtown to lose them.
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Old Posted Feb 21, 2024, 5:10 AM
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I cannot think of a scarier location than this.
That's actually why I am excited. I am very surprised someone is doing a project like this in that area, and while it could be a bust, who knows, maybe it will help drive more reinvestment and a shift in neighborhood dynamics.
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Old Posted Feb 21, 2024, 9:49 PM
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That's actually why I am excited. I am very surprised someone is doing a project like this in that area, and while it could be a bust, who knows, maybe it will help drive more reinvestment and a shift in neighborhood dynamics.
Reading the DAM report, it seems to be a private developer, though it's obviously going to be subsidized units, given the location.

I believe it is the same developer who did these.
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Old Posted Feb 21, 2024, 11:04 PM
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Reading the DAM report, it seems to be a private developer, though it's obviously going to be subsidized units, given the location.

I believe it is the same developer who did these.
I thought the houses were constructed by Habitat for Humanity and are homeowner occupied. I never saw a subsidized development with only four units unless it’s scattered site development. That area is very bad and in the same shape as Larimer in the 90s prior to mass demolition. I cannot see that area improving anytime soon.
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Old Posted Feb 22, 2024, 4:38 PM
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There is a 2 hour recording of last nights Manchester Citizens Corp meeting from last night available on their Facebook page.

Some of the overall projects discussed:

1. Science Center: Tentatively looking at updates to the entrances and better use of surface parking lots around the Science Center. Also discussions on what to do with the submarine, perhaps even removing it from the water and making it accessible from land although it is HUGE and to me that is a crazy idea but interesting nonetheless.

2. Riverlife Update on "completing the loop" with better access to the West End Bridge and East Carson Street and better connections to the West End neighborhoods. Tons of great information in that section.

3. Update from the URA concerning the tax revenue development.

4. Update from Piatt on Esplanade with new renderings of what the development would like like from Manchester (with and without Rt. 65). They seem confident that ground breaking would occur this fall.

5. Plans were shown for the new GetGo on Western and Fulton Avenues.

6. Update on the status of the study of lowering of Rt. 65. Although this seems like a pipe dream for many, it seems like there is a strong belief that this could actually happen. Most likely making it street level from Juanita to the West End Bridge. While those working on the study did not convey they felt like this would happen or not, interspersed through the other presentations it was brought up many times. Since this is happening in other cities, I would say it is not a fools errand to pursue this.
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Old Posted Feb 23, 2024, 3:54 AM
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There is a 2 hour recording of last nights Manchester Citizens Corp meeting from last night available on their Facebook page.

Some of the overall projects discussed:

4. Update from Piatt on Esplanade with new renderings of what the development would like like from Manchester (with and without Rt. 65). They seem confident that ground breaking would occur this fall.
Thanks for sharing. I loved seeing this section. Been looking forward to this project for years. I hope it gets developed as imagined.
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There is a 2 hour recording of last nights Manchester Citizens Corp meeting from last night available on their Facebook page.
Wow, this is a great update thanks! It's awesome to see the Esplanade project moving forward. I also wasn't aware of how many synergistic projects are all being designed and developed together in that area of the city as well. The West End/Chateau are extremely underutilized and disconnected neighborhoods that have a huge potential due to their incredible location.

Finally, the completion of the 3 rivers bike/ped trail loop and as well as lowering/removing 65 will be huge for connectivity in the area and be a major catalyst for additional investment!
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