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PITTSBURGH — When he opted to lease the 27,000-square-foot industrial relic of a building at 2400 Smallman St. in the days before the pandemic, Craig Cozza knew there was more expansive potential for what was then best known as a former warehouse for Pennsylvania Macaroni Co.

Now Cozza’s Cadence+ is ready to show off just what went into the new venture as well as the 19th century building for which the renovation unearthed plenty of fascinating features and history, including a tunnel under Smallman Street (now blocked off for sanitary and safety reasons) amid a basement level with ceilings of around 20-feet.

“It had a lot of lives,” said Jen Katzfey, chief operations officer for Cadence+, of the building at 2400 Smallman, the origins of which date to when it was originally a cotton factory before a series of breweries operated there; later, it was used by the Otto Milk Co. during prohibition before it was most recently used as a produce warehouse.

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