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URA honored with awards for the SouthSide Works, Riverfront Park


The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Pittsburgh received three Best of Act 2 Contest Awards for SouthSide Works at the Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference, held May 13-15 in Erie, PA.

SouthSide Works won in the “Shop,” “Hip” and “Tasty” categories. The URA was the only entrant to receive multiple awards. Summerset at Frick Park also won in the “Place to Live” category.

“Sustainability begins with reusing and recycling old assets,” Mayor Bill Peduto said. “Brownfield redevelopment improves the economy, the community and the environment, and serves as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. Congratulations to the URA and its efforts to make Pittsburgh a more sustainable city.”

Pennsylvania’s Land Recycling Program, more commonly referred to as Act 2, has been successful in all areas of the Commonwealth, helping to restore environmentally challenged properties back to useful life and economic prosperity. Signed into law in 1995, the PA Brownfields Conference recognized the 20 year anniversary of Act 2 legislation with the Awards, which honored unique or impactful projects that were completed as a result of Act 2.

Conference attendees voted for the best projects in each category.

In a statement, George Hartenstein, director of the Bureau of Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields, said that SouthSide Works “…was recognized by attendees at the conference as one of the outstanding examples of land recycling. Successful redevelopment brings many benefits to the community, creating jobs, housing and services for years to come.”

In addition, the URA, South Shore Riverfront Park and Environmental Planning and Design were presented with a Merit Award by the Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (PA-DE ASLA) for outstanding professional achievement in the “General Design” category of the 2015 Professional Awards. The PA-DE ASLA Professional Awards honor excellence in the execution of works of landscape architecture.

“We’re proud that our work continues to receive recognition for excellence,” said URA Acting Executive Director Robert Rubinstein. “We are grateful to our many partners who’ve helped to make these projects possible.”


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