Vision for Almono
The 178-acre Almono site is unique as its prominent riverfront location and plateau terrain offers an extraordinary opportunity to become a premier innovation hub to feature unparalleled residential neighborhoods and public open spaces in Pittsburgh.
The Design & Development Implementation Plan
The Almono Design & Development Implementation Plan (which will be finalized in 2017) has been designed to integrate with the broader Hazelwood neighborhood, including continuing the existing street grid and maximizing street and open space connections. The site’s location also posseses advantageous links to regional economic cores, educational centers, and transit corridors, which will incite a new level of growth, renewal, and progress to greater Pittsburgh.
Almono's urban form responds to the underlying principles of a transit-oriented, walkable, and socially engaging community. The plan is comprised of unique districts. Each district is made up of a series of specific urban places, each with a unique identity, creating differentiation and variety in both the built form and the social activities that take place across the site. Together these urban places will come to define the physical and social identity of the project. In an effort to increase social activity and a sense of liveliness in the public realm, great care has been taken to organize each of these districts around services, amenities, and gathering places that support an urban, pedestrian focused lifestyle.
Design & Development Principles
The current set of Design & Development Principles for the project evolved from past plans and studies of the site. The principles are comprised of four key components – Economic, Community, Physical, and Sustainability – as described below.
Economic - Creating Value
- Attract private sector development and investment.
- Generate economic growth through job creation and tax revenues.
- Leverage public sector and foundation resources.
Community - Ensuring Diversity
- Build on and connects to other community development efforts in adjacent neighborhoods.
- Provide connection to the river and other publicly accessible open and recreational spaces.
- Ensure diverse residents, workers, and visitors to the district in a 24/7 urban community.
Physical - Placemaking
Mix a variety of uses and creates identifiable neighborhoods.
Create a vibrant urban pattern with pedestrian-friendly streets and open spaces.
Plan for transportation options to meet district, local neighborhood, and regional needs.
- Promote the use of advanced sustainability practices.
- Develop environmentally sound district infrastructure systems particular to the site.
- Establish energy – and environmental – performance standards for buildings and parcels.