Today Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Councilwoman Tonya Payne and members of the hill district community announced the release of the request for proposals for a hill district master plan. Any responses to the RFP are to be turned in to the urban redevelopment authority by May 29Th. The responses will then be evaluated and one will be chosen sometime in July, according to the Mayor. A master plan steering and advisory committee will aid in the decision.
The announcement of the proposal came with some criticism by State Representative Jake Wheatley. Wheatley said that announcing the beginning of the search process in the midst of a political campaign was inappropriate because there is nothing tangible that can be seen in the hill district yet. Carl Redwood who is the chairman of the One Hill Coalition expressed concern over a master plan that is being developed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. That plan is for the 28 acres that Mellon Arena currently sits on. Redwood said his concern is the inclusion of the hill district community in the formation of the plan.