Hothouse 2009, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from sproutfund’s photostream

After several productive community meetings and a compromise on proposed zoning changes, Bakery Square 2.0 — a mixture of retail, office, and housing that will sit on the footprint of the former Pittsburgh Reizenstein — is moving ahead. The developers and the community worked together closely to come up with a plan that will achieve the goals of the development, bring new jobs to the region, and maintain the character of the surrounding neighborhoods. From the Strada website:

The redevelopment of the Reizenstein School site along Penn Avenue is a unique opportunity to extend the success of Bakery Square and achieve a complete city neighborhood where Pittsburghers can live, work, and play within one tightly knit community. This project will build on the assets of Bakery Square’s emerging role as a major destination in the East End, with excellent transit access and parking to support it. The Bakery Square 2.0 Master Plan, developed for Walnut Capital, completes the vision of a mixed-use zone that draws on the historic character of the adjacent Shadyside neighborhood with its density, variety, and walkability.

The proposed plan reflects the community plan (click here to view) we crafted in 2008 through a year-long process. The buildings will be designed to LEED Silver standards and the plan is transit-oriented. Deciding on a “specially planned” (SP) zoning district means that the development will meet stringent design considerations and will include at least 10% open space. The development is competing for a $2 million matching grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration which would help pay for infrastructure improvements around the site.

Bakery Square: Now, (Courtesy of Strada)

Bakery Square: Future, (Courtesy of Strada)