Construction will begin today on the long-awaited Produce Terminal redevelopment project, marking the culmination of a decades-long push to save the Strip District icon.
Per TribLive, the five-block-long Smallman Street building was the heart of the wholesale business at the center of the neighborhood in the 1920s, when the terminal was built.
Now, after years of failed and scuttled deals, close calls, and debate about how to best preserve the character of the site and neighborhood, Chicago-based development firm McCaffery Interests is set to break ground on a $100-million-dollar overhaul of the terminal building and a nearby warehouse, complete with shops, restaurants, and more.
In other news…
Could PNC Park and Heinz Field soon have new names? It’s possible, as their original naming rights deals near expiration. In 1998, PNC agreed to pay the Pirates $1.5 million annually through the 2020 season. In 2001, Heinz signed an agreement with the Steelers that pays the team $2.85 million a year through 2021. But experts say the teams are likely to seek more money this time around — lots more. (Patch)
The posthumous leaks of never-before-heard Mac Miller tracks continued this week with the Metro Boomin-produced “Real” making its way onto Reddit. The leak follows that of another unreleased Miller recording, “Benji the Dog,” last month, and both songs provide glimpses into the late Pittsburgh rapper’s inner turmoil before his overdose death last September. (HighSnobiety)
Like other northern cities, Pittsburgh was a refuge for runaway slaves. And Pittsburgh also had a rather militant abolitionist community, including so-called vigilance committees with members who would interfere with apprehensions of freedom seekers, explains Samuel Black, director of African American programs at the Heinz History Center. (90.5 WESA)
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🤖 Now through June 17: Who’s shaping Pittsburgh’s tech scene? Highlight their work by nominating them for our Who’s Next award. Nominations are due by 10 a.m. on Monday, June 17.
🍎 June 26: Celebrate The Incline’s Who’s Next: Education class, 19 up-and-comers preparing Pittsburgh for the future, at a happy hour in their honor (Downtown)
🔥 June 13: Master your grilling skills this summer with Palate Partners’ Wine & Grilling series where you’ll learn some grilling recipes and tips on successful wine pairings. The June class will focus on seafood. (Lawrenceville)
💪 June 15: Join 50’s Finest honorees Emily Peduto and Rachel Mende at Highmark Stadium for a boot camp and food truck rally to support The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (Station Square)
☀️ June 21: Dance the midsummer night away with all things mystical, while enjoying food and drink from some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. (North Side)
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🍯 Pick up some fresh fruits and veggies at the Green Grocer Mobile Farmers Market (Sheraden)
🙏 Practice Tai Chi in this all-levels class (North Side)
🎶 Enjoy free music in Schenley Plaza at lunchtime (Oakland)
🎳 Bring the kiddos for KidsPlay in Market Square (Downtown)
🍎 Do yoga in the middle of an apple orchard at Soergel’s (Franklin Park)
🎵Remember Anne Frank’s 90th birthday at the Pittsburgh Girls Choir concert “Hope and Remembrance” (Squirrel Hill)
♻️ Recycle better with tips from the city and the DEP (Point Breeze)
🚔 Kayak with cops in this free event for North Side and West End residents (North Shore)
🌳 Learn to ID trees at this walk with Tree Pittsburgh (Edgewood)
🌯 Support the neighborhood’s first ever community food truck round-up (Carrick)
⚡️Experience “There Is Not an Infinite Space between Two Points,” a video opera with an accompanying exhibition of light boxes, window murals, and paintings (Downtown)
💃 Dance it out at Rihanna Ri-Play Night (Lawrenceville)
🖌 Try your hand at graffiti in this workshop at Carrie Furnaces (Swissvale)
🌤 Check out environment-focused workshops, sip drinks, and eat food truck fare at Frick Park After Dark (Squirrel Hill)
📽 Watch a week of films celebrating queer cinema, from “But I’m a Cheerleader” to “Rafiki,” now through June 20 (Lawrenceville)
💪 Practice your prehistoric skills at Meadowcroft Rockshelter’s atlatl competition (Avella)
🛍 Find some new-to-you gems at the Lawrenceville Yard Sale (Lawrenceville)
💬 Explore new words through songs, action rhymes, and stories in both English and Chinese at the library (Squirrel Hill)
🎤 Hear poetry in prose at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics’ “Won’t You Celebrate with Me” (East Liberty)
🎼 Hear the powerful, soulful songs of Jacquea Mae at this open mic night (Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar)
Registration is now open for the Three Rivers Regatta’s Anything That Floats Race. And while we won’t be judges, we’re still offering extra points for anyone who incorporates an alligator into their design.