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The Centre Avenue Corridor project will lay the foundation for the transformation of 170 vacant or idle properties into multiple commercial, residential and office spaces over the next several years.

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Stay updated on the progress of the Centre Avenue RFQ in the Hill District.

Through an inclusive, community-informed process and innovative partnerships, the Centre Avenue Corridor project will transform 170 vacant or idle properties into multiple commercial, residential and office spaces.


In July 2019, the URA issued a Request for Qualifications from one or more developers or development teams to participate in the revitalization of various scattered sites along Centre Avenue in the Middle Hill neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh.

The goal of this RFQ is to select Developers to work to implement uses and further the concepts that have been articulated by the community as described in the 2015 Centre Avenue Corridor Redevelopment and Design Plan and Greater Hill District Master Plan. Central to these plans are the following priorities:

  • Creating opportunities for minority and local Developers

  • Revitalizing Centre Avenue as the neighborhood’s primary retail, institutional, and cultural node as well as a strong residential

  • Building upon the African American cultural legacy

  • Creating family-friendly housing without displacement

  • Fostering economic empowerment

  • Producing comprehensive sustainability and quality design

RFQ Process

The URA anticipates issuing the Centre Ave RFQ in phases and selecting multiple developers throughout the numerous phases.

Following the RFQ due date for this first phase, the URA will:

  • Review and evaluate responses received
  • Solicit community input, and if appropriate
  • Make recommendations for consideration by the URA Board of Directors

Following initial URA Board vote, the URA will then re-release this RFQ, amended to reflect a revised list of available sites.


Redevelopment of 170 URA and City-owned parcels, containing 161 vacant lots and nine structures. Redevelopments will include ground floor commercial space with compatible multi-story residential, office, and /or flexible space.


A tentative schedule for the RFQ process is below. This schedule is subject to change.

Monday, July 22, 2019 - RFQ Issue Date

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - Community Briefing Session

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - RFQ Q & A Session and Teaming Event for MWBE Firms that Provide Professional Services*

Monday, August 19, 2019 - Site Tour 1*

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - Site Tour 2* 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - Qualifications Due Date 

Late November 2019 - Community Meeting with Qualified Projects 

January 9, 2020 - URA Board Meeting 

*These opportunities for more information and due diligence are encouraged but not mandatory. Private appointments will not be scheduled.

Important Dates

August 7 • Community Briefing

Community residents and stakeholders are invited to learn about the RFQ process and future opportunities for public input throughout the process. 

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August 14 • Q&A Session & MWBE Teaming 

This event will provide interested respondents with an opportunity to connect, and potentially team, with minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) firms which provide professional services. Architectural, community engagement, and engineering firms will be among the MWBE firms present. 

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August 19 & September 24 • Site Tours 

Structures in the RFQ will be made available to tour. Representatives from the City and URA will be available. 

More info


Contact Laya Mathews at or 412.255.6576.

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