From Mills…To Malls?

This article in yesterday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette discusses the redevelopment of the Carrie Furnace site – “an expanse of blast furnaces that once produced as much as 1,200 tons of iron per day for the former Homestead Works of U.S. Steel.”

The 168-acre parcel is now owned by the county and is close to being ready for development, the article states, in the final stages of environmental cleanup.

What will replace the furnaces, which operated for 102 years?

“County officials envision a mix of riverfront housing, light industrial manufacturing and office space at the site,” the Post-Gazette states. “They also hope to establish a steel heritage museum to showcase the existing furnaces on a 25-acre section that the federal government has already declared a historical site.”

Two other former mill sites in the region have been redeveloped, as the story points out: The Waterfront shopping area on the site of the old Homestead Works, and The SouthSide Works, an old LTV site. The SouthSide Works “features the UPMC Sports Performance Complex and offices for the Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh football teams. The region’s FBI headquarters is also there, which has a 34-acre retail and entertainment district developed by the Soffer Organization, as well as office buildings and residential units.”

Near where I used to live in Cleveland, there was a similar site, Steelyard Commons, part of a former LTV site and now mostly retail.

What other old mill and industrial sites that I don’t know about have been turned into malls?

How else could these kinds of sites be redeveloped? Do we need more retail?

-KG

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6 responses to “From Mills…To Malls?

  1. Sean Posey

    What a great idea! Let’s expand retail offerings at a time when retail is contracting everywhere else. What a shame that mills that provided thousands of people with a living wage are being replaced with strip malls that pay next to nothing.

  2. katy

    Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is another good example and probably one of the first. In addition to paying low wages, a lot of these places get huge tax breaks.

  3. Paz

    It’s all about connectivity to the surrounding neighborhood. It’s what the Waterfront lacks and what the South Side does well.

  4. Special K

    That’s a good observation.

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  6. brian

    Did anyone actually read this article? It said nothing about adding retail. There is plenty of retail already across the river in homestead. This site will have office space, light industrial and residential mix.

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