Carnegie Mellon looks to expand its presence at Hazelwood Green

By Melissa Rayworth, NEXT Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon University has announced plans to invest further in Hazelwood Green by acquiring 8.3 acres of property.

There’s no word yet on the specific use of the new property at the long in development former steel mill site. But the university says it will be used for some combination of research space and office facilities as part of their long-term expansion plan.

Next steps involve forming a committee to explore options for the property. CMU says they plan to engage the surrounding community in that decision-making process and work in collaboration with the Greater Hazelwood Neighborhood Plan.

“This is a transformative opportunity for the university, both to create flexibility to address our space needs for the future and to continue to attract new industry partners and jobs to the area,” said Carnegie Mellon President Farnam Jahanianin a statement about the plan. “We recognize the responsibility this brings and embrace the opportunity to engage our Hazelwood neighbors and partners with our faculty, staff and students to shape plans for the site.”

CMU already occupies space at the complex’s Mill 19 building, where the school’s Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) institute and Manufacturing Futures Initiative (MFI) are located.

“Hazelwood Green has received tremendous support from our local, state and national government leaders,” Jahanian said. “Their continued involvement will help our community’s sustained efforts to attract jobs and economic opportunity to the area.”

Hazelwood Green has been in development for more than 15 years, since The Heinz Endowments, Benedum Foundation and Richard King Mellon Foundation combined forces to purchase the 178-acre riverfront property. CMU has been involved in the project since its earliest days.