New Southside Works Growth to permit tenants to dwell and play alongside the river


nCommercial real estate and development company based in New York Somera Street and local design team Desmone Architects work together to bring the beauty of the riverside residence back to the locals.

The Pittsburgh Planning Commission recently approved the 350,000-square-foot residential project slated for the SouthSide Works. SomeraRoad plans to break the ground for the development next to the Hofbräuhaus and South Shore Riverfront Park by the end of 2021.

The plans include 246 apartments, parking for 180 cars and 30,000 square feet of amenities for residents, including a gym, tenants’ lounge and “party room”, a rooftop lounge and pool with river views, a pet wash and private office space Renters who work from home.

“The riverside location on the Monongahela River really lends itself to the best of city life,” said Chris McCune, vice president of development and construction project management for SomeraRoad. “Not only is the property connected to SouthShore Riverfront Park, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and the Southside Marina, but its proximity to downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland makes it an ideal location.”

Due to heavy rail and industrial use along the coast, housing in Pittsburgh was often limited. However, this location is “not burdened by the railroad thanks to the tunnel that runs through and under SouthSide Works,” says McCune. “It offers a unique opportunity to create direct access to the river that really cannot be replicated from other locations.”

The design for the units will be a mix of contemporary and modern finishes that, according to the developers, reflect the “living, working, playing” environment marketed by SouthSide Works.

SomeraRoad is also planning to convert the open space opposite the building along Water Street into a fenced-in dog park. Other plans include converting The SouthSide transforms the cinema into an innovative office space with the aptly named Box Office, and improving the outdoor green spaces, city center and tunnel park by adding a public garden and playground. There are also tentative proposals to add food and drink kiosks, a small concert space, and an art area.

The seven-story, $ 75 million development is expected to be completed by spring 2024. According to McCune, the price of the units will be “in line with the current, similar Class A offerings on the market”.

“We are excited to contribute to the unfolding story of enabling the Pittsburgh riverside with more living space with these kinds of amenities, as well as expanded engagement opportunities for the general public,” he says.

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