Commercial Redevelopment Task Force (CRTF)

The Commercial Redevelopment Task Force (CRTF) was established in May 2018 by the Hill CDC with Councilman Daniel Lavelle to bring together the financial community, technicians, and community development actors to align resources and coordination of technical agents to facilitate commercial revitalization in the Hill District.

The CRTF's work is guided by community plans such as the Greater Hill District Master Plan and the Centre Avenue Redevelopment and Design Plan, however, the focus is primarily to provide technical leadership and capitalization of community efforts.

Key Areas of Focus for 2020:

  • Coordinate and phase codification of the Greater Hill District Master Plan and any additional planning to align with and advance upcoming implementation
  • Streetscape for Centre Avenue to support new development and attract more development
  • Upgrade the three critical intersections along Centre Avenue, which include: Herron and Centre, Kirkpatrick and Centre, and Dinwiddie and Centre to support increased traffic and improve pedestrian safety and walkability
  • Conduct a survey of existing business owner real estate needs so that we can make upgrades and investments alongside new development
  • Address the district-wide parking solution we need to support increased development
  • Invite applicants to the Centre Avenue RFQ to meet with the CRTF to discuss their infrastructure needs and pair them with the appropriate financial and technical expertise to facilitate their projects

2018 Projects

  • Centre Avenue RFP, which later became the Centre Avenue RFQ
  • Codification of the Greater Hill District Master Plan - still in process
  • Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) for New Granada Square - still in process

Current CRTF Member List:

  • Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority
  • Port Authority
  • University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center - Hill District
  • Department of City Planning
  • Department of Mobility and Infrastructure
  • Cosmos Technologies, Inc.
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
  • Parking Authority
  • Duquesne Light
  • Neighborhood Allies
  • Dollar Bank
  • Hillman Foundation
  • PA Department of Community and Economic Development
  • Councilman Lavelle
  • State Representative Wheatley
  • Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
  • Duquesne University
  • PennDOT
  • Allegheny County Economic Development
  • Amani Christian Community Development Corporation
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation

If you have any questions about the CRTF, please contact Felicity Williams, Programs and Policy Manager, at fwilliams [at] or by calling 412-765-1820.

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