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Riverfront Development Roundup: Say hi to The Highline and refreshed retail at Station Square

By April 7, 2017Blog
Station Square East illustration with woman on bike and man walking across bridge

Riverlife’s ongoing roundup of current riverfront real estate and open space development news


Oxford Development Company and law firm Burns White held a ribbon cutting ceremony March 28 for a new office building on the Allegheny River.  Part of Oxford’s 3 Crossings mixed-use development, the new building is home to Burns White’s corporate headquarters and sits directly on an extension of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. During the celebration, Oxford CEO Steve Guy referenced the vision plan for improvements to the Strip District riverfront and Riverlife’s advocacy to create public open space and amenities for trail users.


Improved riverfront trail access and amenities are in the works for the $60 million apartment complex at Station Square East (above image) proposed by property owner Forest City Realty Trust and developer Trammell Crow. Riverlife has worked with Forest City and Trammell Crow to improve the riverfront experience at the new building, giving recommendations for better trial lighting, easier riverfront access, amenities for cyclists, and interaction with the site’s retail shops. Construction for the project is scheduled to begin this summer.

Riverlife also met with McKnight Realty Partners for a presentation on their redevelopment of the historic Terminal Building on the South Side between the Mon River and East Carson Street. Announced last year and dubbed “the highline” (yes, hip lowercase letters included), the project will contain 500,000 square feet of office space, 100,000 square feet of retail and over an acre of public open space on the riverfront. The building is currently known as the Riverwalk Corporate Center. McKnight’s proposal includes new activation on the riverfront that aims to attract people to the water side of the property through enhanced trail connections, special events like farmers markets and concerts, and views of the Downtown skyline from the building’s signature elevated railway spur which will be converted into a pedestrian overlook.

Top image: Rendering of proposed riverfront development at Station Square East. Image courtesy Trammell Crow.

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