Allegheny Center (Pittsburgh)

Allegheny Center (Pittsburgh)

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Allegheny Center (Pittsburgh)

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Allegheny Center is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Its zip code is 15212, and it has representation on Pittsburgh City Council by both council members for District 6 (Downtown, North Shore) and District 1 (Northside).

Allegheny Center has a prominent rectangular roundabout consisting of the streets known as North, East, South and West Commons. These streets frame the area which was known as Allegheny Square. From the 19th century to 1907, this area was the hub of downtown Allegheny City which was annexed by Pittsburgh in 1907. The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (consisting of the old Allegheny Post Office and Buhl Planetarium joined by a 2006 addition) is located within it, as is the old Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny (now the New Hazlett Theater). Allegheny Center is also home to the National Aviary, situated within West Park.

The modern plan of Allegheny Center, designed by architects Detter & Ritchey, was a $65 million project of Alcoa Properties, Inc. The construction project razed about 518 buildings to make way for 2 professional buildings, 4 apartment complexes totaling 840 units, 50 townhouses, a shopping mall, and a public square. The public square was the object of an international design competition sponsored by the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority. The entire Allegheny Redevelopment Area encompasses approximately on the North Side, about a half-mile from downtown Pittsburgh.

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