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Jan. 10, 2014

Walnut Capital to Begin Construction on New Office Building at Bakery Square 2.0 This Spring

By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Walnut Capital Partners is planning a spring groundbreaking for the first office building of its approximately $100 million Bakery Square 2.0 mixed-use development in East Liberty. According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, construction on the six-story, 216,000-square-foot facility is expected to begin in March and be complete in 18 to 24 months. The Pittsburgh Planning Commission is currently reviewing the developer’s proposal.   

Slated to rise at the site of the former Reizenstein Middle School, Bakery Square 2.0 will also include a second office building of similar size, parking garages, two 175-unit apartment buildings and 57 townhouses.  

Currently under construction, the first residential structure should be complete by mid-2014. PJ Dick is the builder, while Strada Architecture LLC is the project’s designer. Gregg Perelmann, principal of Walnut Capital, told the newspaper that through its web site, the company has already received between 400 and 500 inquiries about leasing the new apartments.

Across the street from the site of the planned complex, Walnut Capital Partners has also completed Bakery Square 1.0, the $130 million mixed-use redevelopment of the 1900-era Nabisco bakery. The LEED platinum 250,000 square feet building is fully leased to a mix of tenants including Google, UPMC, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh.  

A two-level sky bridge over Penn Avenue will connect the Larimer side of the established Bakery Square development with the new Shadyside addition.

In related news, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports that Walnut Capital and its New York financial partner, the RCG Longview Fund, have sold the 110-room SpringHill Suites at Bakery Square (1.0) to an affiliate of Washington, D.C.-based Capstone Development LLC for $21.8 million. The Larimer property was marketed by the Pittsburgh office of HFF, Inc. in conjunction with JLL Hospitality.

Photo credits: Walnut Capital Partners

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