Project type: Urban Restoration, New Construction
Total cost: $20 million +
Partners: Braddock Borough, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Mon Valley Initiative, BEDCODownload Project PDF
When the UPMC Braddock Hospital closed in 2010, the community of Braddock was faced with a decision on how the former grounds should be reused. After a series of public meetings, community engagement exercises and a public RFP process, TREK Development was selected to lead the redevelopment of the former hospital site. TREK was engaged in 2011 and has since developed The Overlook, an affordable townhouse development slated to convert to for-sale residences in 15 years.
Working with the community, a master plan was developed that outlines the creation of residential, commercial spaces, and a public plaza to enrich the community along Braddock Avenue.
The groundbreaking for the first phase of redevelopment, The Overlook, took place in October 2012. The residences were completed in October 2013 and have since been fully leased.
Commercial Revitalization: 501 Braddock
The second phase of redevelopment included the construction of a commercial building. The 20,000 square foot commercial business center is anchored by a full-service urgent care center operated by Allegheny Health Network. This is a bold early step forward to commercial market restoration in the Braddock community and has catalyzed additional adjacent investment.
Moving in tandem with the construction of the commercial building, the community plaza that fronts the town’s main street, Braddock Avenue is currently in the planning stages with construction set to be completed in 2017/18.
The creation of the master plan in conjunction with the community and designing the Overlook homes and commercial building has helped residents, visitors, businesses, and investors advance their shared vision for the community’s future for a vibrant and welcoming Braddock.