Reimagining the LTV Coke Works Site:
In 2002, the Foundation joined several other philanthropic foundations to form Almono, LP, a limited partnership that purchased the former 178-acre LTV Coke Works site in Hazelwood. Renamed Hazelwood Green, this last large urban brownfield is a unique site with a prominent riverfront location. In December 2016, the Foundation allocated funding to support Phase I development of the site, including green space, sewage infrastructure, transportation and other offsite improvements, and the completion of Mill Street. An Uber test track occupies more than 40 acres of the site and is one location where driverless cars are being tested. Construction is underway on the site to house Carnegie Mellon University’s Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute as the first anchor tenant in the iconic Mill 19 building, with occupancy expected in 2019.
Hazelwood Green is envisioned as a world-class model for sustainable development with unparalleled public open spaces. Over time, the site's access to Monongahela River shoreline will be reopened to the Hazelwood community. Hazelwood Green development will catalyze investment in the neighborhood, and draw upon the deep history and culture that remain intact in the community.
A 2017 Foundation grant of $1,155,600 will support operating expenses, including retaining project and financial management entities, finalizing the master plan, retaining a marketing firm to rebrand and market the site, legal fees, insurance, debt service, security, and a contingency. Another grant in 2017 made to the Hazelwood Initiative in the amount of $1,425,000 will support the acquisition of key properties along the Second Avenue business district in Hazelwood.