Bakery Square Development Continues with phase two of development. Bakery Square is located in Pittsburgh’s PA’s East End neighborhood of Larimer, adjacent to the neighborhoods of Shadyside and East Liberty. In the early 1900′s, East Liberty was a bustling urban neighborhood. The National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) had a large manufacturing plant for more than 80 years. The plant closed in the late 1980′s and in 2006 developer Walnut Capital began development of the $135 million dollar site which is proudly LEED-certified and environmentally friendly new construction.
The mixed-use development offers office, upscale retail, dining, a hotel and fitness center. Industry leaders in the fields of technology and health care – including Google’s Pittsburgh headquarters, UPMC Technology Center, University of Pittsburgh Science and Technology/Veteran Affairs and Human Engineering Research Labs have relocated to the site. It’s great to see this site being repurposed and impressively integrates historic architecture with new construction. Marriott SpringHill Suites opened in 2010 and my clients enjoyed the location. The Department of Commerce recently awarded a $2 million Economic Development Administration grant to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Pittsburgh for additional redevelopment of Bakery Square. This will aid with phase two of development along with Walnut Capital. The $130 million project is approaching its projection for creating more than 2,000 jobs. According to congressman Mike Doyle, “Bakery Square has been a great example of a successful public-private partnership to redevelop and re-purpose an old industrial site and revitalize a distressed community”.