CBA Signed in Hill

After a long and persistent effort, residents of the Hill District, united under the One Hill Coalition, finally received a community benefits agreement signed by local elected leadership. This is a very positive step toward more sustainable development in Pittsburgh; CBAs provide a vehicle for community input into large scale development.

The agreement includes $2 million, with $1 million coming from the Penguins, toward development of a neighborhood grocery store, drafting of a Hill master plan, and creation of a resource center to link residents to jobs. The latter includes a commitment of $300,000 from the city and county.

Despite looking bored at the signing event, Ravenstahl and Onorato had these positive things to say about the agreement:

“We want to work together with you, with the residents of the Hill District, to build a new city on the Hill, and I think this agreement today allows us to do so,” Mr. Ravenstahl said.

Mr. Onorato said that development “just can’t stop” at the Mellon Arena site, which will be redeveloped by the Penguins, but must extend deep into the Hill.

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