Point Park News

In one of my first posts on this blog, I said that Point Park University might be one of the most influential positive forces in Pittsburgh’s future. Because Point Park is still a relatively small school, it seems much more interested in building synergy between itself and the city. So far it seems that way but time will tell.

“With at least 16 properties under its control, Point Park has the opportunity to reshape the Wood Street corridor from Fort Pitt Boulevard to Forbes Avenue in much the same way the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has transformed Penn Avenue on the other side of the Golden Triangle. It is the second largest property holder Downtown, behind the Cultural Trust.
Among those holdings are four properties on Forbes and two on Fourth Avenue in the heart of the Downtown retail corridor that could give the university a strong voice in the Fifth and Forbes redevelopment, either alone or in partnership with other developers.

Some believe Point Park could end up moving its Pittsburgh Playhouse, now in Oakland, to that area, creating more of a synergy between the retail corridor and the bustling Cultural District.
(more Post Gazette silliness– the cultural district is not bustling!!)

The acquisitions have been driven in large part by an enrollment boom that has seen the private university go from 2,305 students 10 years ago to 3,600 this fall.

As it grows, Point Park undoubtedly will look to the acquisitions to fill the need for more dormitory and classroom space. But at the same time, many believe the property holdings position Point Park to be a key player in Downtown’s revitalization.”

Anyway, unlike many of the projects near or in the downtown such as the stadiums, Point Park’s growth is likely to bring people into the downtown who will actually live there and the kind of street level synergy that may enhance life downtown.

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