Vibrant Uptown

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Get ready for a complete overhaul to Uptown -- Mt. Lebanon’s nationally recognized Main Street. 

To get involved, subscribe to the Vibrant Uptown Newsletter . If you have questions or comments, email or call 412-343-3412.

Over the next three years, the municipality plans a $3.9 million update, including new sidewalks, lighting and other amenities to make it a brighter, more accessible destination for shopping, dining and service. This project is not just about fixing what is broken, but an investment in our collective future. It is a vote of confidence in the vitality of the Uptown District.  

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For a history and details about the project, read Main Street Makeover from Mt. Lebanon Magazine.

Core – This map details the area slated for sidewalk, lighting and conduit replacement. This is the essential capital improvement component of the Vibrant Uptown project.  The core area of the project is bookended by Shady Drive on the north and extends as far as the South Lot/733 Washington Road on the south. 

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Expanding Thinking – In addition to replacement of critical infrastructure the Vibrant Uptown project shall also provide us an opportunity to look at improvement to other elements of the streetscape such as planters, accessibility issues, decorative planter improvements and other matters to enhance the Uptown experience.  

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Intersections – The Vibrant Uptown project provides our community an opportunity to improve how our intersections aid pedestrian flow throughout the corridor. Some examples are better alignment of curb ramps with crosswalks and improved site lines for pedestrians waiting to cross Washington Road.  Key intersections along Washington Road in consideration for improvement include: Central Square, Alfred, Cedar, Academy and Shady Drive. 

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Placemaking – In addition to the necessary improvements to the sidewalks and lighting is the introduction of Placemaking principles such as refreshed places for community gathering and interaction. Examples could be better spaces for performances and public art.  

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Placemaking Refined – These refined areas capture the intent to create better connections in central core of Uptown via Placemaking principles. This includes, but is not limited to bridging the topographical disconnect between the Mt. Lebanon Light Rail Station and Washington Road, acknowledging the importance of Parse Way and developing it as a complement to Washington Road and strengthening the Uptown Core utilizing art, fitness and more active use of passive spaces.  

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