Apple should take serious look at Hill District

Hey, Apple. I herd you like office space. And Pittsburgh.

And that you Think Different.

Pittsburgh may be getting a bigger bite of Apple. The technology giant, the maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods and Mac computers, is looking to expand its presence in the city and has been searching for 15,000 to 20,000 square feet of office space. (P-G, Belko and Todd)

That’s not new. You like brains. That’s nothing different.

But y’know… you like to look at “other alternatives.”  

Well? What about the #next Hill District?

Peduto, other government officials and the Penguins announced an agreement with Hill District community groups designed to kick-start a $500 million development of the 28-acre former Civic Arena site. (Trib, Bob Bauder)

And by the way, it’s in a corridor where transit and commuting are online to transform. I realize those G-Jags are out in Bakery Square, but the Hill District is right between the Golden Triangle and Oakland. Or right next door, there is Uptown.

The point is, these are all likely to be clichéd suggestions in three to four years. The sheer mass of multi-neighborhood opportunity is breaking the political stalemate over affordable housing in the disputed zone. Now other resources and assurances are rushing in to fill the gap.

Apple Inc. — or a thousand others — could settle into this undammed tidal wave of economic growth on the ground floor. It couldn’t hurt to take a look at the community vision, if you want an inside track.

5 thoughts on “Apple should take serious look at Hill District

  1. Brian Tucker-Hill

    I believe Apple is looking for space available immediately, which would rule out the Lower Hill site for now (in fact the office portions may be many years off).

    But they could do something like move into the Union Trust Building, which the new owners are trying to rebrand as creative office space ala Manhattan and downtown San Francisco. Then if Apple-Pittsburgh continues to expand in the same way as Google, they could be ripe for a move over to a bigger space in the Lower Hill around the same time that portion of the development is being done.

  2. Anonymous

    Oh the hypocrisy… When a similarly designed TIF in the Strip district was suggested, Peduto, Dowd and Krause called it a development slush fund.

    1. Bram Reichbaumbramr101 Post author

      Right now it sounds a little slushy… before Council is asked to approve it, hopefully portions of it will be earmarked, and the rest of it will have some procedures in place for how it gets allocated.


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