Residents, entrepreneurs, funders and other neighborhood-focused stakeholders are welcome and encouraged to take part in the planning and development of Pittsburgh Yards.
Community members interested in taking a more active role in Pittsburgh Yards may also join one or more volunteer working groups, which focus on various aspects of the development ranging from jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities to art and history initiatives.
The site, formerly referred to as 352 University Avenue, is actually named Pittsburgh Yards as a result of the community-led naming group’s efforts. Community members developed several concepts, launched a call-in campaign to gather resident input on the proposed options and announced the final selection at an engagement meeting on October 12, 2017.
HONORING HISTORY WHILE CELEBRATING COMMUNITY, ONE BRICK AT A TIME
A Pittsburgh resident, Michelle Jones, was motivated by the Pittsburgh Yards update meetings and inspired by the history of the people of color who settled in Pittsburgh to work at the Atlanta and West Point (A&WP) rail yards. These rail yards ran adjacent to the land Pittsburgh Yards sits on today.
Michelle recruited other residents, and together, they have launched Pittsburgh Yards Community, Inc., an independent, volunteer-based organization that honors this history and is offering community members personalized bricks to be installed on the Pittsburgh Yards site. They will also use the money raised to install other landscaping elements reminiscent of the old railroads. Her intention is to offer a positive and inspirational experience for Pittsburgh residents to connect with the new development, the Atlanta BeltLine and other elements of the future green space.