Jourdan Hicks, 27, lives in Hazelwood. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)
The 178 acres called Hazelwood Green create both promise and anxiety for its neighbors.
The city bills Hazelwood Green as the largest “redevelopment opportunity” in Pittsburgh; it could hold roughly 135 football fields. It spans 1.2 riverfront miles off of Second Avenue and makes up about 18 percent of the Hazelwood neighborhood.
For a community to have such a vast expanse of land suitable for development is a rarity — and an opportunity that many residents don’t want to see squandered.
“I think this could be the last opportunity that we get to do development differently than it has been done in the past in so many other communities,” said Tim Smith, executive director at Center of Life, a nonprofit that offers programs for youth and families in Hazelwood.