*IMPORTANT* For emergency response (9-1-1) purposes, these changes are in effect immediately.
9-1-1 personnel are currently using NEW street names and addresses. Street sign updates are now complete--please be careful when traveling through the area. Please see below for more details.
East Liberty’s revival and growth has been remarkable, and is a key driver in the overall success of the City of Pittsburgh. As the pace of development picks up in East Liberty, we are now prepared to implement a key aspect of the neighborhood’s plan: the elimination of Penn Circle as a street name.
Several neighborhood plans call for Penn Circle to be returned to two-way operation—half of that has been completed, and the other half will be underway in the near future. These plans also call for the restoration of some original street names—this will help to erase a visible reminder of failed urban renewal and bring much needed closure to that era.
The change is also necessary to ensure proper public safety response (due to confusing or improperly assigned addresses) and to improve customer/visitor navigation. Another idea we will discuss is the possible extension of Centre Ave to Washington Blvd as a way of helping visitors navigate to the business district from other parts of the region.
What will the streets be called now?
Summary of Changes:
There were four options presented for discussion both online and at public meeting (which took place on May 22, 2013 and July 18, 2013). Using the input we received, the Addressing Committee will be implementing the plan as shown below. This plan was approved by the City of Pittsburgh Addressing Committee on July 19, 2013, and by Pittsburgh City Council on December 10, 2013.
Penn Circle S → Centre Ave
Penn Circle W → N/S Euclid Ave
Penn Circle N → Station St
Penn Circle E → Centre Ave
Collins St (between Station St and East Liberty Blvd) → Centre Ave
Collins St (north of East Liberty Blvd) remains as-is
Station St (between Collins/Centre and Larimer Ave) remains as-is
Rural St remains as-is
Negley Run Blvd remains as-is
Why was it done this way?
It's a close reflection the neighborhood plan, and is similar to the historic names in place before the 1960s
It creates a continuous Centre Ave, which helps visitor navigation
It has the most street name consolidation (prior to renaming, a trip from Washington Blvd to Shadyside/Bloomfield would take you along one route with five street names--this plan consolidates that into two)
Consolidating street names along a continuous route helps navigation for those unfamiliar with the area
Why doesn't Centre Ave continue all the way to Washington Blvd? Why does it end at East Liberty Blvd?
It is not feasible at this time because it would create a duplicate intersection in the City based on the root names of the streets.
There is already an intersection of Centre Ave and Washington (Place) in the Lower Hill District (by the Consol Energy Center)--to create another intersection with the same root names would be a public safety hazard for 911 responders.
Negley Run Blvd and Collins St currently overlap for one block (north of East Liberty Blvd), and renaming this block could create inconsistencies in the house numbers there, as Centre Ave has a different address range.
This solution still creates a mostly continuous Centre Ave that will assist in visitor navigation.
For 9-1-1 purposes, the changes are effective immediately. You must use your new address when calling in to 9-1-1.
The City will notify relevant City of Pittsburgh departments, relevant Allegheny County departments, and the appropriate Post Office of the address assigned to the property as required by Section 420.10b of the City of Pittsburgh Code. For all other purposes, such as bills, banks, creditors, and other contacts, you, have the sole responsibility to these entities of your new address. Change of address cards are available from your local postal carrier or from the Post Office. You may change your billing address using the change of address form on your bills (or online) as you pay them.
If you have questions or concerns about what you need to do as a part of this project, please use the contact info at the top of this page.
What are the new addresses?
The following list shows all address that have been converted--in some cases, only the street name has changed, but in others the house number has changed as well. Please make note of this.