It’s “a riverfront community but you can’t get to the river,” is what one resident in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood said about a decades-long disconnect from the Monongahela River.

More than a mile of riverfront has been all but inaccessible due to the presence of a J&L coke works and the brownfield it left behind. The current property owners, Almono LP, are partnering with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council to produce a riverfront master plan in hopes of restoring the public’s access to the river.

I’m serving as a subcontractor to the lead consultant, Environmental Planning & Design. My role has been leading public engagement efforts as well as coordinating with both Almono and the project’s Advisory Committee.

The space is simply amazing! Old coal loaders, catwalks, and mooring cells still stand and – when improvements are made – will become part of the story that is told as people reconnect to the riverfront. Learn more about the project.