The Hive Garage at 115 28th Street  (photo courtesy of Oxford Development).

    The Hive Garage at 115 28th Street (photo courtesy of Oxford Development).

    With its rich history and exciting future, the Strip District is one of Pittsburgh’s most vibrant and livable areas. As a result, this eclectic neighborhood is constantly evolving. In fact, numerous new projects have been underway in the area, including the redevelopment of former warehouses, the construction of new residential and office space, and the creation of new retail and entertainment venues.

    These projects continue to transform the Strip District into a lively, mixed-use neighborhood home to various businesses and residents, as well as an increasingly popular destination for visitors to Pittsburgh, thanks to its distinctively modern edge and growing amenities.

    Some exciting recent projects from three prominent local developers will continue to bring much-needed investment to the area while preserving its distinctive qualities.

    Oxford Development Company

    Oxford, a developer and full-service commercial-real-estate-services provider with experience in the local, regional, and national marketplace, recently opened Stacks Fitness at 2865 Railroad Street (located in The Stacks at 3 Crossings). This high-quality, self-guided fitness facility in the Strip District combines the focus of fitness classes with traditional exercise components and equipment. In addition, the facility offers health and fitness programs by Mecka Fitness.

    With convenient hours, flexible membership options, and cutting-edge equipment, Stacks Fitness is the perfect place for residents and workers in the Strip to get in shape. With its location in the heart of the Strip District, it’s easy to squeeze in a quick workout after shopping at one of the many unique shops or grabbing breakfast at one of the local eateries.

    Parking in any city neighborhood can be a real headache. But if you’re lucky enough to live or work in the Strip District, you won’t have to worry about finding a place to park. Oxford recently added a new public parking area for residents and visitors. The Hive is now open at 115 28th Street. This new development by Oxford has added much-needed parking space to the busy neighborhood, providing a safe and convenient place for visitors and residents alike.

    Strategically located near the 31st Street Bridge, The Hive provides quick access to Route 28 and Liberty and Penn avenues, along with easy access to the Penn Avenue bike lane and Riverfront trail. With 24/7 access to this secure, well-lit facility, you’ll never have to worry about finding a parking spot again.

    Hullett Properties

    Hullett Properties, a Pittsburgh-based real estate developer of boutique residential and mixed-used projects, recently announced that it has been approved by Pittsburgh City Council to build a new apartment complex in the Strip District.

    Hullet plans to redevelop the former J. Harris & Sons lampshade warehouse property into a 179-unit apartment community. This new development will contribute significantly to the vibrancy of the neighborhood and meet the needs of local residents, with its proximity to public transportation, employment centers, shopping, entertainment, and more.

    Hullett is also the developer behind 2554 Smallman, which features 27 condominiums—all sold. It recently signed a lease with James Cafe to also fill a retail space in the building. In addition, the company owns the Triangle Building at 926 Liberty Avenue, which it is currently converting into 15 apartments, mostly two-bedroom.

    Penrose Advisors

    At 2926 Smallman Street, Penrose Advisors—a private capital investor engaged in real estate and principal investment activities—is preparing to erect an 84-unit apartment building at the former site of an old filling station used for natural-gas-powered vehicles.

    Located just blocks from the Strip District’s bustling retail center, the Smallman Street development is part of a considerable effort to improve the neighborhood. Its proximity to public transportation, employment centers, and many more attractions eases residents’ commutes. It makes for an ideal place to live.

    The seven-story building will include 84 apartments and about 5,300 square feet of restaurant space. It will feature alternating white brick and black metal panels from NEXT Architecture, along with a rooftop deck. An initial plan presented to the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment in 2020 included a car elevator for about 45 vehicles in the back.

    This project will hopefully continue the Strip District’s long tradition of preservation and innovation—something that residents have come to appreciate over the years.

    These new projects in the Strip will further revitalize the area and bring in even more tourists and residents. With so much going on, it is hard to keep track of everything. But The Strip! magazine will continue to update its readers so they can stay informed about all the newest developments.

    Daniel Casciato is a full-time freelance writer and social media specialist from Pittsburgh. In addition to writing for The Strip! he writes health, legal, real estate, and technology-related articles for trade and consumer magazines and has his own copywriting business. His website is DanielCasciato.com.