Around the corner, we’re teaming up again Red Rocks Group and TKA Architects, Inc. on a 44-unit apartment building at 209 9th Street. It is scheduled for completion in June 2020. Both of these projects with Red Rocks including the rehabilitation and renovation of historic buildings.
A few blocks away, Franjo Construction is working with Connecticut-based JCS Capital to renovate another historic landmark building: the Commonwealth Building. It was constructed in 1906 with a bank vault, marble floors, and a 26-foot ceiling in the building’s ground level. Looking forward to its scheduled completion in December 2020, it will be a 150-unit apartment building with 3 levels of retail/restaurant space.
Uptown Pittsburgh Multifamily
Moving east along the Monongahela River, you’ll find Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. It’s an area which developer, McAllister Equities, has fallen in love with. The combination of local shops, proximity to town, and unrivaled transit access makes this a highly desirable area to live, work, and play. Two 8-unit buildings are well underway on Locust and Miltenberger Streets. Both are scheduled for completion in November 2020.
McAllister is also beginning a project on 5th Avenue, set to begin construction this summer. The 51-unit building has been designed by Indovina Associates Architects. It will feature various unit types from lofts to 1 & 2 bedroom units. (rendering courtesy of Indovina)
Heading further east into Shadyside is a luxury condominium building Franjo is building at 711 Negley Ave. The scheduled completion is December 2020. A member of the design team at Desmone Architects has been testing the project on a 3D printer. It takes about 8 hours to print and produces a 4-inch long model.
Hotspots: The Strip District & Lawrenceville
Driving down Penn Ave or Smallman St in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, you’ll notice a number of multifamily construction projects Franjo completed or has underway (full map here). One such building is 2554 Smallman, a 26-unit modern loft-style condominium building. It is scheduled for completion in September 2020.
Just up the street is Lawrenceville, which has been recognized as one of the best neighborhoods in the country. Franjo Construction previously completed work at Arsenal 201, a Milhaus development with 243 apartments and commercial/retail space. Phase I was completed in 18 months, and it was 275,000 SF. It was recently announced that phase II is ready to move forward, adding another 343 apartments and a trail connection under the 40th Street Bridge. (rendering courtesy of Milhaus)
Further proving Lawrenceville’s popularity is Lawrenceville Lofts, where units are selling like hotcakes. It features a rooftop dog park, a wine lounge, and is within walking distance of numerous bars and restaurants. The building will have 24 units and is scheduled for completion in February 2021.
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