Residential, retail space to connect 4 Pittsburgh neighborhoods

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Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill, Lawrenceville, Strip District and Bloomfield neighborhoods are converging into a residential/retail development that will be known as Brewers Block.

The neighborhoods merge as part of a new development along Liberty Avenue. The concept will consist of 377 units across three residential buildings, 2,300 square-feet of ground-floor retail space, more than 100 bicycle storage units and 40,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor amenity space which includes a roof-top pool with views of the Pittsburgh skyline. It will feature what’s called an “Animated Alley,” a plaza that can be utilized for concerts and community events.

RDC Inc., a Green Tree-based real estate and construction company, broke ground on the project last week. RDC is collaborating with New York-based Commonwealth Development Partners which has more than 1,000 multi-family units under development.

Pittsburgh was chosen because of its technology and life hub that is growing here, said Matt Faris, principal, of Commonwealth Development Partners in a statement.

The land was purchased in September 2020. There have been challenges in terms of acquiring materials because of the pandemic.

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Courtesy of RDC, Inc.

Brewers Block is a development along Liberty Avenue that will consist of 377 units across three residential buildings, 2,300 square-feet of ground-floor retail space, more than 100 bicycle storage units and 40,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor amenity space .

 

The project will be completed in phases. The first is planned for completion in the fall of 2022 with the rest to be done by 2023.

“It’s a great piece of property,” said RDC president Shawn Fox. “These neighborhoods represent Pittsburgh. It’s the perfect spot among all those areas. We hope to create a new city block there to bridge all of those neighborhoods.”

RDC CEO John Deklewa said Brewers Block is located “at the convergence of four of Pittsburgh’s hippest neighborhoods.”

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Courtesy of RDC, Inc.

Brewers Block is a development along Liberty Avenue that will preserving one of the current buildings seen here, a former rail yard and biscuit company, and renovating it into loft-style units. It will use some of the materials from the other buildings in the construction to two new buildings.

 

The design respects the history of the area by preserving one of the current buildings, a former rail yard and biscuit company, and renovating it into loft-style units. In blending the new with the old materials from the buildings that were once located on the site will be used in the new construction to two buildings.

The project is expected to create more than 600 construction jobs, has employed over 12 local design, legal, and construction consultants and over 80% of the construction dollars are being spent by local subcontractors, according to a news release.

It is 100% privately financed, officials said.

“We really want to see this area grow,” said Deklewa.

Dollar Bank has supplied the loan, Deklewa said.

The name came from creating a block and also brewing up a new concept of a living area as well as its location close to the city’s oldest brewery —Iron City Brewing Co.

“To help build and maintain The Block we will be hosting a neighborhood sourcing initiative to hire from within the community,” Fox said.

Mayor Bill Peduto said in a statement that the area will be a vibrant part of the city.

“Housing like this —transit-oriented, walkable and infilling vacant land — is a great puzzle piece that adds to the city’s tax base,” Peduto said. “It will attract the talented workers we need to bolster the new Pittsburgh economy.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, jharrop@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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