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Pittsburgh Update

By Anne Dimon

Pittsburgh's North Shore at night.

A compact, accessible city with a unique mix of arts, culture and sports, Pittsburgh offers over 200 restaurants, shops and bars within steps of the platinum, LEED-certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Here’s what’s new in the city:

• The Radisson Hotel-Greentree hotel is undergoing a $17-million transformation and will be rebranded a DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Greentree. The final phase will focus on the conference center and ballroom expansion, increasing the space from 6,500 sq. ft. to 10,000 sq. ft. Completion is scheduled for late 2013.

• The 402-room Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, located downtown, is in the midst of a $7-million property redesign. The hotel offers 24,000 sq. ft. of event space.

• A new 136-room Hyatt House Hotel – with 2,000 square feet of function space – is scheduled to open in March 2013.

• Located in the Downtown Cultural District, ToonSeum, a museum dedicated to cartoon and comics art, will undergo an expansion and triple its space to more than 6,000 sq. ft.

• PittsburghPhipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is creating a “living building,” with a self-contained energy and water supply.

• With a scheduled completion date of early summer 2013, Point State Park, in the downtown core, is undergoing the final stages of a $35-million renovation.

• A 176-room Hilton Garden Inn will be part of a new Garden at Market Square development opening in the downtown core in early 2014.

• A $23-million,120-unit Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel is planned for the intersection of Baum Boulevard and Liberty Avenue, in Bloomfield, Pa. The hotel will have 80,000 sq. ft. of space, including 5,500 sq. ft. of retail space and banquet and meeting rooms.

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