Pittsburgh Planning Commission approves 26-story building for Lower Hill development

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh City Planning Commission approved the first phase of the Lower Hill District development, the 26-story First National Bank Financial Center, on Tuesday.

According to a news release, the FNB Tower “will generate over $50 million in tangible benefits for the Hill District community” and pump millions of dollars into the area through construction contracts.

The project will feature a mixed-use building with offices, retail space, on-site parking, public spaces and plazas.

“The iconic new headquarters of First National Bank is the all-important catalyst to kick off phases of development and waves of community reinvestment,” the release said.

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The development will include the former Civic Arena site across the street from PPG Paints Arena. The new $230 million FNB Financial Center is the first part of the project.

People will have a chance to apply for jobs to work on the project when the Lower Hill First Source Employment Opportunity Center opens later in May.

The plan is to break ground this summer and have the project completed by 2024.