Small Change allows everyday people to invest in real estate projects. And now we’re helping to bring change to Pittsburgh. Plattform @ 930 Mellon will be the first of three houses to be built on adjoining vacant lots in the Highland Park neighborhood. Designed using Passive House standards combined with other sustainable features, the houses will be energy-efficient, have good air quality and will be “Net Zero” ready.
Our proprietary Change Index measures the impact that projects have on their surroundings. Here we take a look at how this project measures up for walkability, bikeability and transport options.
The Highland Park neighborhood is very walkable. You don’t need a car for most daily errands as the Bryant Street commercial corridor is only a 7-minute walk away from the project site. Here, you’ll find the local grocery store, Bryant Street Market, one of Pittsburgh’s finest coffee shops, tazza d’oro, as well as numerous restaurants. Larger grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Giant Eagle and Trader Joe’s are a 20-minute walk away in East Liberty. In East Liberty, you’ll also find boutique hotels, trendy restaurants and bars, hip clothing stores, casual eateries and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Feel like strolling around and getting away from the fray? The 380-acre Highland Park with its bike track, swimming pool and playgrounds is a 15-minute walk away.
Highland Park is also bikeable. The neighborhood is flat, with some bike infrastructure present. You can reach Bryant Street in two minutes, East Liberty in five minutes, the park in eight minutes and downtown in 30 minutes. And Healthy Ride bike sharing is expanding into Highland Park this year.
The Port Authority’s 71B bus operates daily between Highland Park and downtown Pittsburgh and takes 30 minutes. Fares for all of Pittsburgh are $2.50 with a ConnectCard or $2.75 cash. Weekly, monthly and yearly passes are available and persons with disabilities pay half the full fare. Senior citizens ride for free with a Medicare or Senior Citizen transit pass.
Other transport options in Pittsburgh include ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft, Hertz and Enterprise car rental and Zipcar. Pittsburgh also has ACCESS, a shared-ride para-transit service providing affordable door-to-door mobility for elderly citizens and people with disabilities.
At Plattform @ 930 Mellon, it’s easy to ditch the car and go even greener.