Buccini/Pollin Group establishes Pittsburgh office with $1 billion arena site redevelopment in the Lower Hill set to begin

Buccini/Pollin Group establishes Pittsburgh office with $1 billion arena site redevelopment in the Lower Hill set to begin
Rendering of FNB Financial Center at the former Civic Arena Site. (Gensler)

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins development partner Buccini/Pollin Group is setting up an office in downtown Pittsburgh and making a number of local hires and engagements as it prepares to begin building its first commercial project on the 28 acres of the former Civic Arena in the Lower Hill.

In a joint announcement by the company, Mayor William Peduto and City Councilman Daniel Lavelle, the Delaware-based development firm announced it has established a new Pittsburgh office in Tower 260 at JLL Center on Forbes Avenue downtown, the home of local office of JLL, which is leasing the developments of the Lower Hill.

The company has hired Bomani Howze as a vice president in the new Pittsburgh office. The Hill District resident is also a partner in Intergen Real Estate Group Partners, the minority-lead developer of the housing development at the arena site. Howze’s role will include finalizing planning approvals, further defining commercial programming and expanding the firm’s community engagement platform, according to an announcement.

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