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Hill District Planning Re-Cap
August 2006

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Hill District will be the first new location constructed by Carnegie Library! The new location is at the corner of Centre Avenue and Kirkpatrick Streets. Since March, the library has been working with Pfaffmann and Associates to understand the new library site and, using input from the community, design a comfortable, accessible, vibrant 21st century library.

This community-driven planning process includes a series of public meetings to engage Hill residents and library users in creating an accessible, state-of-the-art library.

April 29 - Community Meeting to begin the planning process with the architect and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Participants discussed what they liked about the library and what they expected from a 21st century library.

May 11 - Friends of the Library provided input on the new library.

May 12 - Consensus group discussion about the new library and a review of what people had been sharing with Carnegie Library.

May 15 - Met with Find the Rivers to discuss the ideas of temporary public art and the importance of the Find the Rivers plan along Kirkpatrick Street.

May 18 - Community Meeting to continue the discussion about what types of programs and spaces library users would like to see in a new library.

May 19 - Hill Collaborative members provided input on what they'd like to see in the library.

June 21 - Uptown Task Force residents talked about ideas for the new library in the Hill.

June 29 - Community Meeting - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Architects presented 4 different schematics (drawings) showing different use of the space. In all of the schematics - community ideas are represented: A large meeting room with flexibility to create smaller meeting spaces; a semi-private study space, a large children's area, a distinct teens area, public computers and a large common area with comfortable seating, tables, chairs and wireless internet capability!

At this time, the architects are working to develop designs for the exterior and finalizing the interior space. A community meeting to present these ideas will be scheduled for late September 2006.

August 17 - Zoning Hearing. With the support of the Friends of the Library, the Hill Consensus Group and Ebony Development, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh requested a variance in the number of required parking spaces necessary to build the 9000 square foot new facility.

For more information, please call Joyce Broadus, Manager, at 412.281.3753

About the Architects

Pfaffmann & Associates, celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, recently completed the restoration of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood location. The project has received awards from both the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and the Historic Review Commission of Pittsburgh. P+A is currently designing the expansion of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Visitor Center at Powdermill Nature Reserve. This firm is responsible for the Alcoa Business Services Center and other notable architecture in the Pittsburgh Region.

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