EcoInnovation District To Improve Community Of Uptown

Neighborhood Plan Adopted In Conjunction With BRT

Jennifer Bloodworth
March 07, 2018 - 3:24 pm

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — It’s been a long time coming, but Uptown is finally getting a lift.

The city has been planning the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) proposal for years that would connect Downtown and Oakland. But Pittsburgh officials put the plan on hold in order to study the Uptown community and how they could benefit from it, launching a new kind of neighborhood development plan.

During the over two years of planning The EcoInnovation District Plan, the Department of City Planning held block parties, open houses and monthly community steering committee meetings that helped guide the development of the plan.

“This is the first time the city would say: This is not only going to be your plan but our plan too,” EcoInnovation District project manager Derek Dauphen told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News Wednesday. “We’re committing to investing in this neighborhood… and we’re going to let you shape how that works.”

Dauphen says the mixed-use nature of the neighborhood won’t change, but new buildings and developments within the ten-year plan will contribute more the community goals. Officials also introduced new zoning codes in order to better facilitate a “green and equitable neighborhood.”

Development has already begun, and Dauphen says residents will continue to see progress in the coming years.

“For the residents of Uptown it’s long overdue.”