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URA Requesting Information and Project Concepts for Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood South Neighborhood

Press Release
July 20, 2021

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 20, 2021) The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is requesting information and project concepts from developers/development teams for the rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum, located at 7310 Frankstown Avenue in the Homewood South neighborhood in the City of Pittsburgh. The URA is looking for feasible project concepts that include industrial and commercial components that align with the neighborhood plan and provide benefits to the community.

"The Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum plays a key role in the history of Homewood, and I'm excited to begin a community process to explore what its next chapter will be," State Representative and URA Board Vice Chair Ed Gainey said.

The URA is the owner of the Coliseum and will be leading the RFI process. Before any concept advances, it will be presented at a community meeting which will allow for feedback from stakeholders to address community needs in accordance with the Homewood Comprehensive Community Plan.  

The Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum is an important community asset and has showcased the neighborhood's history for years. The Coliseum was built as part of a series of carbarns that supported the Homewood streetcar system which housed over 100 cars and covered four blocks along Frankstown Avenue. The streetcars drew a flourishing middle class and by the 1950s, Homewood rose to become one of Pittsburgh’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Since the carbarns closed in the 1960s, the Coliseum has served as an Oral History and Event center, curated by long-term stewards of the building and its history. The URA acquired the building in 2018.

Interested developers/development teams responding to this RFI should fill out this inquiry form with details of proposed development ideas. The deadline for responses is 4 p.m. ET on August 20, 2021.

A Homewood neighborhood business district profile can be found here.

The full RFI can be found on the URA’s Proposals & Bids page

The URA uses Ion Wave Technologies, a web-based e-Procurement service for the automatic notification and transmittal of RFPs, RFQs, and bid opportunities at no charge to vendors. All parties interested in responding to this RFP or receiving notifications when the URA releases an opportunity must register with IonWave and then register with the URA. Instructions for the two-step registration process can be found here. All questions regarding this RFP should be submitted through Ion Wave Technologies.

About the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA)

The URA is the City of Pittsburgh's economic development agency, supporting the City’s economic development goals, which are designed to create a city of inclusive opportunity for residents, stakeholders, and communities. The URA is committed to creating more housing that is affordable to the average Pittsburgher; encouraging more entrepreneurship and small business development; promoting inclusive growth and quality job creation; expanding neighborhood and main streets revitalization efforts; and developing a talented workforce that is equipped with the skills of the future.


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