Q: What makes Pittsburgh Yards® different from other redevelopment efforts?

Pittsburgh Yards® is more than just a physical redevelopment project—it’s an economic catalyst. Over the next 10 to 15 years, it is anticipated that Pittsburgh Yards® will drive the creation of a wide range of employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
To realize that vision, specific economic inclusion goals were built into every phase of building Pittsburgh Yards®:

  • At least 50 percent of hires for phase I construction were made up of local residents.
  • At least 50 percent of the new permanent jobs were for local residents.
  • At least 30 percent of the contracted construction values and tenant lease agreements went to local, minority- and/or women-owned businesses.
  • At least 30 percent of contracted predevelopment services went to local, minority- and/or women-owned businesses. (The goal was exceeded).

Initial assessments showed that there were more than 100 small businesses operating in NPU-V, some of which would be ideal candidates for Pittsburgh Yards®

Today, we have more than 140 businesses. The process of identifying businesses and entrepreneurs is ongoing.
In addition to the explicit focus on economic benefits for local residents, the community engagement process surrounding Pittsburgh Yards® was and is unlike that for standard real estate development projects. Residents continue to be engaged at every step and are continuing to help shape the Pittsburgh Yards® entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Q: How do residents benefit?

Pittsburgh Yards® is committed to ensuring NPU-V residents derive the greatest economic benefits possible from the redevelopment of Pittsburgh Yards®

In addition to fueling job creation and entrepreneurship, Pittsburgh Yards® is also a place to host neighborhood functions and other community-engagement events.

Q: Are spaces still available? Are tours being given? Who manages the operations of The Nia Building®?

The property management group manages The Nia Building® and activities in the surrounding space. The property management group’s on-site staff includes a property manager, community manager, and maintenance staff.
There are still spaces available in The Nia Building®, and 1-hour tours are given by our property management team on the second Thursday of every month, twice a day at 11:30 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact us via email at by phone at 470-890-5030.

Q: What types of businesses are not a fit for The Nia Building®?

There are a few types of businesses that will not be a fit for the first phase of Pittsburgh Yards. The Nia Building® is primarily designed for businesses that make things or provide services for other businesses, and the Shipping Container Courtyard is more retail and customer-focused. The pad sites are marketed to attract light-scale manufacturing businesses. We do hope that the business support activities that occur at Pittsburgh Yards®, such as workshops and networking events, will benefit businesses beyond those located on-site. We also anticipate that Pittsburgh Yards® will encourage people to patronize businesses in the surrounding area.
These are the types of businesses that are not a good fit within the vision for Pittsburgh Yards®:

  • Massage parlor
  • Hot tub facility
  • Suntan facility
  • Gambling facility
  • Businesses that emit heat, smoke, or fumes beyond their workspace
  • Businesses that require running water in their tenant space
  • Retail stores whose principal business is the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises
  • Check-cashing businesses
  • Businesses with potentially offensive branding
  • Businesses that require strict confidentiality (e.g., HIPAA compliance) in verbal communications
  • Adult entertainment establishments
  • Gun shops
  • Pawn shops
  • Night clubs
  • Self-storage only
  • Vape shops
  • Businesses whose primary purpose is the sale or lease of intangibles (defined by the IRS as property that has value but cannot be seen or touched, such as goodwill, business books, records, patents,
  • Sub-leasing
  • Election campaign offices
  • Lobbying organizations
  • Political organizations
  • Businesses that sell or produce CBD products that are illegal in Georgia or that violate FDA rules, such as dietary products
    containing CBD
Q: What happens after I submit my application for coworking, office or maker spaces?

RSVP for a tour of The Nia Building. After the tour, determine which options best suit your business needs (office/maker spaces or coworking memberships)

Option 1: Office/maker spaces: complete the online applications for review if completed after the tour. Once a space is determined, lease requirements are sent to the applicant to review and return as soon as possible. If approved, lease documents will be reviewed and signed. This process generally takes 30 days or less to complete, depending on the receipt of the requested documents and review of financial statements.

Option 2: Coworking membership: complete the online application and coworking agreement document. The management team will set up the coworking membership within 5-7 business days.

Q: What happens once I have selected my space?

After a tenant is approved and has selected a space, they will sign a lease agreement and pay a security deposit of one month’s rent to reserve their space.

Q: What are the goals for tenants of The Nia Building® at Pittsburgh Yards®?
  • Willing to abide by The Nia Building®’s Code of Conduct (see The Nia Building® section for more details)
  • Willing to assume a renter’s insurance policy with an effective date of the lease agreement
  • Willing to periodically report on the number of employees, addresses of employees, and wages
  • Willing to participate in a job posting board and to show preference in hiring local (NPU-V/Capitol View Manor) applicants if a qualified candidate is available
  • Willing to consider second-chance hires who have not been convicted of sexual violence or meth-related offenses
  • Willing to pay living wages if feasible or offer apprenticeship/upskilling opportunities
Q: Is parking included with coworking memberships and rent?

There are 200+ free parking spaces available on a first-come-first-served basis in lighted lots and along the private streets within Pittsburgh Yards®.

There are also three (3) electric vehicle charging stations available for an additional fee.

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions about anything related to The Nia Building® in Pittsburgh Yards®?

Contact the building manager by emailing or calling 470-890-5030

Q: How do I reserve a coworking membership?

Coworking memberships will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

Q: What benefits are included with coworking memberships at The Nia Building®?

Contact the building manager by email. or calling 470-890-5030

Q: What are the hours of operation for coworking?

Coworking memberships allow for 24/7 access to The Nia Building® and access to amenity spaces in the North Wing during normal business hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays.

Q: What benefits are included with coworking memberships at The Nia Building®?
  • 24/7 access to the building and North Wing access during normal business hours
  • High-speed Wi-Fi access throughout the building
  • Conference, meeting, and event spaces that are available to rent
  • Indoor courtyard and common spaces with built-in seating
  • Metered printer/copier access
  • Private lactation/wellness room for nursing mothers
  • Centrally located restrooms with showers
  • Programming and events plus newsletters and communications
  • Privacy rooms in the North Wing for personal meetings or phone calls
  • Free lot/street parking and access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations
  • Professional on-site management, maintenance, and cleaning
Q: What is the Container Courtyard?

The Container Courtyard is a great solution for largely retail- and consumer-oriented businesses. These unique land leases provide an opportunity to conceive, create and construct your space in our courtyard adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine.

Q: What features are included in Container Courtyard?
  • Direct access to the Atlanta BeltLine Southside Trail
  • Adjacent to The Nia Building®—the energized, dynamic heart of Pittsburgh Yards®—with common spaces and amenities, including exterior seating areas and porches
  • Rare opportunity to design/build your container space inside a mission-based master-planned development
  • Ground lease opportunities include an array of spaces to accommodate your preferred size of the shipping container.
  • Infrastructure in place for establishing utility connections, stormwater management, and landscaping
Q: If I can’t afford a container, what other options are available to me?

Alternatives to a ground lease for a container would be applying to lease a move-in-ready space in The Nia Building® or reserving a coworking membership. Both have advantages, depending on your business needs. If you own a food business, then cooperating with other food businesses as a member of the shared-use commercial kitchen or the market in The Nia Building® might be a fit. We encourage you to complete an application so that the property management group can meet with you to discuss your options at Pittsburgh Yards®. The application is available at

Q: What are the criteria that will be used to evaluate ground lease tenants on the pad sites?

The property management team and community members collaborated to create the evaluation criteria for ground lease tenants.

Q: Are tenants allowed to use the meeting rooms and conference areas?

Tenants may use building amenities, such as the amphitheater, classroom, meeting room, and rooftop terrace, by completing the event space with the property management group at least seven days in advance. To request a form, contact

Q: What if I'm not a tenant but I would like to rent your space for an event?

Community members must first complete the event space request form with the property management group at least 30 days in advance of the desired date of use. To request a form, contact
The kinds of events we do not allow to be hosted at Pittsburgh Yards®


  • Weddings
  • Baby Showers
  • Family Reunions
  • Bachelor and Bachelorette parties
  • Birthday Parties
  • Political Events
  • Non-Business-Related Parties or Events
Q: Is Pittsburgh Yards® Available for Movie/Video or photo shoots?

Yes, but it depends on the level of disruption to our businesses, as they are our priority. Interested parties must do a walk-through, provide usage needs in writing and complete a mandatory Film/Photoshoot space request form 30 days before need. Rental fees vary based on the size and scope of the project.
Credits to Pittsburgh Yards® are required.

Q: How much does it cost to rent space at Pittsburgh Yards®?

Depending on the scope and purpose of your request, we have a sliding scale. Please download the appropriate request form to see what is required to use the space and how the use of our space is charged. If, after reading the request form, you still need more information, please reach out at or by phone
at 470-890-5030.

Q: How do I make arrangements for using the meeting or conference space?

The on-site community manager handles the reservations for meeting and event spaces. Please contact the property management group via email at or by phone at 470-890-5030 and complete the form.

Q: What are the hours of operation?

The common spaces within The Nia Building® are open to the public from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays. Visitors are required to sign in at the reception desk.

Q: What is the Code of Conduct?

The current guidelines for tenants and coworking members of Pittsburgh Yards® are as follows and may evolve to meet the needs of the culture and community within Pittsburgh Yards®


  • Be a good neighbor.
  • Do not restrict the access of fellow tenants to shared and common spaces.
  • Contain any materials, emissions, heat, etc. within your leased space.
  • Operate your business in such a way that it does not adversely impact others at Pittsburgh Yards or residents of the surrounding communities.
  • Any alterations to your space, cosmetic or otherwise, must be approved in advance by the property management group.
  • Actively participate in the sharing of resources, ideas and culture at Pittsburgh Yards®
  • Any posted signage must be approved in advance by the property management group. Uniform business signage for units and a listing in the business directory will be provided.
Q: How do I become an approved vendor or service provider for Pittsburgh Yards®?

The property management group manages The Nia Building® and activities on the surrounding space. The property management group’s on-site staff include a property manager, community manager and maintenance staff. There are still spaces available in The Nia Building®, and tours are being given by our property management team by appointment only on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact us via email at or by phone at 470-412-9273.

Q: How do I report an issue?

Any issues should be reported to the property management group staff at the on-site property management office or central reception desk in The Nia Building® during normal business hours. Issues can also be reported via email to or via phone at 404-962-8639.

Q: How do I become an approved vendor or service provider for Pittsburgh Yards®s?

Businesses interested in becoming vendors at Pittsburgh Yards® should complete the contact form on the website and select the option for “Vendor/service provider opportunities” in the “Your Interests” drop-down menu. The property management group will receive your submission and follow up with businesses that are interested in bidding on service contracts for Pittsburgh Yards®, with at least three bids per contract. Priority will be given to businesses based in NPU-V or Capitol View Manor, but they will need to provide a competitive bid. Once service contracts are in place, information from interested businesses will be maintained on file for future opportunities and contracts that will be rebid periodically.

Q: What are the income qualifications for the apartments?

Apartment tenants must have an income at, or below, 60% of the area median income, which is an amount calculated annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The amount is calculated for different household sizes.

Q: How do I apply if I am interested in living at Pittsburgh Yards®?

While we are not currently taking applications for apartments, please complete our contact form and select “Apartments at Pittsburgh Yards®” in the “Your Interests” drop-down menu to receive an alert when we will begin leasing efforts.

Q: What are the plans for the undeveloped land at the Pittsburgh Yards® site?

The first phase of Pittsburgh Yards includes about 15 acres. There are five pad-ready sites within those 15 acres. A real estate broker has been retained to assist with attracting businesses that will want to lease ground space and build locations for their businesses. Pittsburgh Yards®’ marketing firm is also assisting with this process. These businesses will need to align with the mission of Pittsburgh Yards. Please see the ground leasing criteria developed with community residents at
There is a conceptual plan for the remaining 15 acres of the site, but there is not a timeline for development. The intent is to develop the rest of the site in a way that is compatible and aligned with the first phase.

Q: What is the history of Pittsburgh Yards?

The Pittsburgh Yards® site and the surrounding neighborhood have a rich history. Prior to any development, Clark College’s agricultural department used it as farmland. Following that, the Great Southern Trucking Terminal was
built; when it opened in 1951, it was the second-largest trucking terminal in the world.

Q: Why here, and why now?

Today’s kids will create tomorrow’s prosperity. To help them succeed, we must ensure all children can grow up in thriving communities that nurture their development and support the financial stability of their families.
For far too long, Atlanta’s systems, institutions, and infrastructure have left residents in the predominantly Black neighborhoods of Adair Park, CapitolGateway, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, and Summerhill—often referred to as Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V)—isolated from the educational, employment and business opportunities necessary for them to contribute to, and benefit from fully, the city’s growing economy. As a result, these neighborhoods’ unemployment and poverty rates are disproportionately higher than in the city’s wealthier, predominantly white neighborhoods. That’s part of a broader trend: The unemployment rate for Black residents in the city of Atlanta historically averages 4.5 times that of white residents.
The transformation of Pittsburgh Yards® is an unprecedented opportunity to change that picture and spur a more equitable distribution of income, wealth, jobs, and entrepreneurial opportunities for residents of color in NPU-V and other southwest Atlanta neighborhoods.
Located near many of the city’s other major redevelopment projects, including the Atlanta BeltLine, Center Parc Stadium (the former Turner Field), State Farmers Market, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and Fort McPherson, Pittsburgh Yards® provides ample opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners to benefit from convenient commuting and access to customers from all over Atlanta.

Q: How was Pittsburgh Yards® formed?

AECF Atlanta Realty, a subsidiary of the Annie E. Casey Foundation acquired the 31-acre Pittsburgh Yards site at 352 University Avenue from UPS in 2006.

After an extensive market study to explore potential uses, the search process for a developer began. In 2017, an agreement was finalized with Columbia Core Partners (CCP), a partnership between Columbia Ventures and The Core Venture Studio.

Q: What role did the community play in creating Pittsburgh Yards®?

Resident engagement informed the development team in a variety of ways, including:

  • participating in monthly community meetings and site tours in which the development team and new tenants briefed residents on the project process and solicited input (currently held virtually); and
    convened regular working group meetings to discuss naming,
    history, art, entrepreneurship, and jobs.

Prospective tenants and small business owners—such as welders, seamstresses, and bakers—informed the process by providing feedback on building design.
The site, formerly referred to as 352 University Avenue, was named “Pittsburgh Yards” as a result of community members’ efforts. The naming group developed several concepts, launched a call-in campaign to gather resident input on the proposed options, and announced the final selection at a community meeting on October 12, 2017.

Q: Who is the team behind the planning and development of Pittsburgh Yards®?

The development team for Pittsburgh Yards® has been led by Columbia Core Partners (CCP), a partnership between Columbia Ventures and The Core Venture Studio. Residents of the NPU-V neighborhoods, including Pittsburgh in particular, and the Capitol View Manor neighborhood, have played key roles in the development process. The primary funder and supporter is the Annie E. Casey Foundation, along with other investors including: Enterprise Community Partners, Invest Atlanta, Brownfields CDE, U.S. Bank, Northern Trust, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Q: Is Pittsburgh Yards® Black-Owned?

No, Pittsburgh Yards® is not Black-owned. Many diverse entities were supporting the project, including Invest Atlanta, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, Brownfield Community Development Entity, and US Bank Community Development Corporation—all of which are committed to creating living-wage employment and long-term career and entrepreneurship opportunities for local residents and business owners and are still involved.
As these are historically African-American communities, Pittsburgh Yards® intentionally creates a space that respects that history. We welcome and support Black-led businesses, especially those in and around NPU-V.
Pittsburgh Yards® has also been developed through extensive engagement with residents from the surrounding area, predominantly African American, who have worked hard to see their history reflected in the site.

Q: How much did it cost?

The first phase of redevelopment was approximately $26 million.

Q: How does Pittsburgh Yards® prepare The Nia Building® for entrepreneurs, their employees and customers in response to COVID-19?

The well-being of our Pittsburgh Yards® community, including tenants, coworking members, staff, residents, visitors, and partners, is our top priority. The property management group has implemented several health and safety measures, including hand sanitizer stations, mask guidelines, intensive cleaning.
The property management group shares the following resources, and will update if necessary:

The CDC’s Guidance on Stopping the Spread of Germs »

Colliers’ Tenant Information Sheet for Re-entry into the Workplace »