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Duquesne Breaks Ground on Forbes Ave. Project

Duquesne University broke ground today for a 125,000-square-foot multi-purpose recreation center on Forbes Avenue. The building is the first stage of a mixed-use development, which will serve both the campus community and the Uptown neighborhood.

“Since its founding in 1878, Duquesne has played an integral role in the Uptown neighborhood, through services, partnerships and community projects,” said Dr. Charles Dougherty, Duquesne University president. “Through this development, the University is pleased to contribute to the revitalization of the area in yet another, even more pronounced way. This first phase, as well as the rest of the project, will benefit students and residents alike.” Duquesne already generates more than $300 million in annual economic impact on the region; when completed, the 2-acre development completed is expected to add tens of millions to that figure.

The recreational facility, expected to be completed by the end of 2007, will include basketball and racquetball courts, and deck hockey. Other areas will house cardio-fitness facilities, locker rooms, exercise and dance studios, ballroom, kitchen and roof-top deck. A Barnes and Noble Booksellers, a restaurant and other retail space are slated for the ground floor of the complex. A pedestrian bridge over Forbes Avenue will connect both sides of campus.

The next phases of the development will include retail on the street level along the entire block, as well as academic and office space. As plans advance, the University will continue to collaborate with the City of Pittsburgh through the Urban Redevelopment Authority, as well as with the Uptown community and private developers.

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