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Swisshelm Park Solar

Redevelopment of a 15-acre property in the Swisshelm Park neighborhood into a highly-efficient solar array project

The URA plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for redevelopers and/or redevelopment teams to enter into a long-term lease agreement and redevelop a 15-acre property in the Swisshelm Park neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh.  

Background

The goal of this RFP is to select a redeveloper who can complete a highly-efficient solar array project and construct an access road to the site, while managing an effective community outreach strategy, encouraging ecological biodiversity, and ensuring a completed product that will complement a Frick Park Extension on the neighboring parcels. 

For decades, the URA has intended to build housing on this site as the third and final phase of the Summerset at Frick Park development. This RFP marks a change of direction, and a turn toward a cleaner energy future for the City of Pittsburgh. 

Timeline

2021

  • Virtual Community Meeting - September 28, 2021

  • Virtual Community Meeting - November 16, 2021

  • Commencement of the Community Steering Committee - Q4

2022

  • Community Q&A - Swisshelm Park Solar Farm and Frick Park Expansion - (Q1) February 17, 2022 (Non URA-hosted event)
    Event Description: The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the City of Pittsburgh are working to construct a highly-efficient solar array project and expand Frick Park. For decades, the URA has intended to build housing adjacent to Frick Park as the third and final phase of the Summerset at Frick Park development. However, their plans have changed direction toward a cleaner energy future for the City of Pittsburgh. Local resident and community member, Jason Miller, is a member of the Swisshelm Park Steering Committee for this project and will provide an overview of the URA's plans and looks to gather community feedback to provide to the URA. If you love seeing Pittsburgh move towards a greener future or get excited by the thought of expanding Frick Park, stop by to express your thoughts!

  • Community Q&A - Swisshelm Park Solar Farm and Frick Park Expansion - (Q3) August 23, 2022 (Non URA-hosted event) at 5pm.
    Event Description: Lilly Freedman from the Urban Redevelopment Authority will provide an update on the development of an Urban Solar Farm in Swisshelm Park and efforts to reclaim the former slag heap into additional green space and expand Frick Park.

  • RFP releases (TBD)

  • RFP closes (TBD)

  • Review Committee Shortlists Developers (TBD)

  • Design & Development Review Community Meeting (TBD)

  • Pre Final Design Community Meeting (TBD)


2023 

  • Targeted Project Start 

Stay Up to Date

If you would like to be kept informed about upcoming community meetings related to this project, please contact Lilly Freedman at lfreedman@ura.org

Questions? Email Lilly Freedman, URA community development specialist.

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