Plan for site of former Shakespeare Giant Eagle nears approval vote

Rendering of the proposed development at the site of the former Shadyside Giant Eagle, presented to Pittsburgh’s City Planning Commission on Nov. 15, 2022.

The City Planning Commission expressed few reservations about commercial and residential development on the Shadyside site.

by Eric Jankiewicz, PublicSource

As the demolition of the Shady Hill Plaza — once anchored by Giant Eagle — nears completion, the site’s designers presented the City Planning Commission with detailed plans for a residential-commercial project.

In 2019, Giant Eagle’s real estate company ECHO Realty announced plans to demolish the grocery store on Shakespeare Street along with the rest of the buildings on the lot on Penn and Shady avenues. The company revised design plans after meeting with several community organizations including the Shadyside Action Coalition. On Tuesday Tom Price, a principal architect with the design company Strada, presented the commission with plans calling for a 231-unit residential building along with retail space and a Market District store. 

“This has been a long process, going back to 2018,” Price said. “And community engagement has made this a better project.”

Commissioner Dina Blackwell said she was “happy to hear that there’s an affordable housing piece.”

Tuesday’s meeting allowed the commissioners to view details on the project and ask Price for more information. 

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