History

HISTORY INSPIRES TODAY’S MISSION.

Pittsburgh Yards® and the neighborhoods that surround it have a rich history and a vibrant future.

1860
1864

Site purchased by the Freedman’s Aid Society.

1883

Pittsburgh neighborhood is founded by formerly enslaved people with housing built around Pegram railroad repair shops. The smoke from the rail yards resembled the heavy smog produced by the steel mills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, resulting in the neighborhood’s name.

1889

The Board of Education for Negroes of the Methodist Episcopal Church (formerly known as the Freedman’s Aid Society) sold a portion of their land to the Atlanta and West Point Railroad to allow for the construction of a beltline spur south of University Avenue.

1892

Carrie Steele Logan, a formerly enslaved person and maid on the railroads, used money from the sale of her autobiography to open the first black orphanage in Georgia, the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, which was located in Pittsburgh until 1963 at the corner of Roy and Windsor streets.

1900s

Black-owned businesses on McDaniel Street flourished.

Site was used for farmland by Clark College’s agricultural department

1908

The Pittsburgh School, the neighborhood’s first school, opens in the basement of the Ariel Bowen United Methodist Church.

1920

Capitol View Manor neighborhood was formed when a group of bankers, led by Joseph E. Boston, purchased a tract of land to be subdivided into residential development.

1922

The former Pittsburgh School became the W.H. Crogman School when Clark Atlanta University donated land for the construction of a new building.

1951

Great Southern Trucking Terminal, the world’s second largest at the time, opened.

The first Georgia Roadeos, a festival and truck-safety content sponsored by the Georgia Motor Trucking Association, were held at the site. The winner would go to the American Trucking Association’s National Roadeo in Chicago.

1958

Ryder Systems, Inc. acquired the site for continued trucking uses.

1966

The massive terminal served as a fallout shelter for potential nuclear war.

1975

Brown Transport Company became the owner of the property until bankruptcy in 1990s.

1980s

A recession hit and the terminal was dealt an economic blow.

Late1990s

Only one tenant remained in the trucking terminal.

2001

The University Avenue site is purchased by UPS for a planned distribution center.

2006

UPS sold the land to AECF Atlanta Realty, a subsidiary of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

2007

The City of Atlanta was given access to operate municipal sewer separation work for two years.

Community engagement began, including Community Economic Development Institute, followed by Study Circles.

2008

Another recession hit, and the project is put on hold to shift focus to the neighborhood’s housing crisis.

2010

Obsolete structures were demolished.

2011

Several environmental assessments and tests were conducted and completed through 2013.

2014

Market study conducted, community-designed public art project installed, and multiple community events held on the site through 2017.

2015

After a Request for Qualifications from developers, followed by a Request for Proposals, Columbia Core Partners were selected to assist with project development.

2016

Predevelopment for Phase I commenced, including surveying, engineering, architectural and financing.

2017

The Atlanta BeltLine opened.

Monthly community update meetings began and volunteer resident working groups were formed.

Residents and the community cast more than 300 votes to name the project: Pittsburgh Yards.

2018

Southside Trail—a connector of the Atlanta BeltLine—acquired by the City, with a future access point planned at Pittsburgh Yards.

Pittsburgh Yards community groundbreaking ceremony celebrated the history and culture of the area.

Phase I construction began, and community members selected the project branding, developed the ground leasing criteria and designed guidelines for the green space.

Construction Ready training launched in the community.

2019

Community members named various components of the site and planned for a community farmers market. Some community members were hired for construction work.

Phase 1 of Pittsburgh Yards is scheduled to open in early 2020.

2020

The community green space will host regular recreational activities and events.

FUTURE

Artist rendering showing approx. 15 of 31 total acres of the permanent master plan concept (subject to change)