Developer looking to transform land in Pittsburgh’s West End

Developer looking to transform land in Pittsburgh’s West End

PITTSBURGH — A developer plans on transforming a grassy lot in Pittsburgh’s West End into a place where people live and shop.

Red Rocks Group of Philadelphia plans to develop 116,000 square feet of vacant land on South Main Street into a four- to six-story, 78-unit apartment building. It would have 2,850 square feet of retail space that would be street level, along with elevated parking on the ground floor for 60 cars.

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“It sounds exciting. We could use more shops, better food on the street. It’ll be nice to get activity like that. People that work here love the neighborhood,” Rob Schwerdt, a business owner, said.

The city’s zoning board has conditionally approved the project. However, since the property is in a flood hazard area, the developer needs to apply for a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection permit.

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