Garden Theater Block

Project Website: www.GardenBlockPGH.com

Co-Developer: Trek Development Group

Location: Mexican War Streets National Register Historic District

Neighborhood Partner: Allegheny City Central Association

Architect: Rothschild Doyno Collaborative

Historic Specialist: Clio Consulting

General Contractor: Mistick Construction

Leasing Agent: Trek Development Group

Federal Street and West North Avenue, Northside

The Garden Theater block on Pittsburgh’s Northside has been awaiting revitalization and restoration for nearly twenty years. Together with Trek Development Group, Q Development has worked to develop a community-supported plan to achieve this long-sought goal for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh owned site.

The seven remaining buildings on the block will be substantially preserved and redeveloped in concert with a new residential apartment building. (The eighth building on the block, the Masonic Temple, is under separate redevelopment by City of Asylum as the home of Alphabet City.)

The Garden Apartments and Shops strikes a careful balance between restoring the historic buildings along Federal and West North and creating the new apartment building stepped back from the tree-lined streets. The street level buildings include numerous ground floor storefronts with individual historic stoops as well as an accessible gallery route so everyone can reach the small businesses housed within the Garden Shops. Ground floor apartment amenities overlook a newly created courtyard that serves the Garden Apartments as well as the former Garden Theater and the Bradberry Apartment building all of which will undergo historic restoration.

The Garden Apartments features include common lobby and gathering space, a fitness center, dog washing, and indoor bicycle parking facilities. Elevators provide access to all the upper floor apartment levels. The upper floor apartments include garden terraces atop the historic street level buildings. Apartment units have large windows to enjoy the wonderful views and activate this long-vacant corner. The top floor of the Garden Apartments features a central rooftop terrace for apartment residents and guest to enjoy the view, extending the greenery of Allegheny Commons up to the sky. In all, 96 residential apartments are planned, together with nearly eight thousand square feet of neighborhood-scale retail.