The Latest

We are committed to pursue any opportunities in  which we can add value and create positive change, giving each project due time, attention and energy.  The following photos show current construction sites and what is NEXT on the horizon for TREK.

Eighth and Penn

The proposed project at Penn Ave and 8th Street, by Trek Development Group / Q Development, consists of the restoration of two existing historic buildings at 711 and 713 Penn Ave, with infill construction completing the corner & continuing down 8th Street. The project follows the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Nine Guiding Principles and provides a strong urban presence, emphasizing a new lateral mid-block connection from Katz Plaza to the future development of the 8th street corridor.

The project consists of an ensemble of buildings, both existing and new. The McNally Building (711 Penn Ave) and the Bonn Building (713 Penn Ave) are both turn-of-the-century, masonry buildings, rich with historic character. The facades and storefronts of these buildings will be restored as part of the project, with the interiors renovated to provide space for rental apartment units & other amenities. The proposed addition forms a continuation of the Penn Ave streetscape, infilling the existing parking lot at the corner of 8th & Penn with new construction that is modern, but sympathetic to the historic buildings. The addition on Penn Ave is split into two components, imitating the property line divisions existing within the streetscape. The first component is a glass & steel façade, whose A-B-A rhythm forms a modern & tectonic interpretation of the adjacent Bonn Building. The second component book-ends the façade to the east, with masonry turning the corner and continuing down 8th Street. The rhythm of punched openings on the 8th street elevation relate to the secondary façade of the historic McNally building. Deep into the 8th Street block, the design becomes more assertive in its expression, punctuated by a six-story copper clad building that emphasizes the lateral connection and passageway through the site. The proposed passageway is highlighted by an installation proposed by light artist Erwin Redl.

The project is primarily residential with retail space at the street level and one level of below grade parking. The existing McNally building storefront will be reconstructed and will provide space for a retail or restaurant tenant at the ground level. The Bonn Building storefront will be restored, providing the entrance for the residential portion of the project. The ground floor levels of the new construction, including those fronting the new passageway will provide space for a retail or restaurant tenant.

Above grade, the project will contain approximately 136 apartments, with a mixture of micros, studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. Residents will have access to an array of attractive amenities including a fitness center, club room, and generous roof top garden terrace. The apartments within the existing buildings will feature tall ceilings and lofted spaces with large windows and city views

 Special Features:

  • The Passageway
  • Green Roof
  • Historic Restoration of McNally and Bonn Buildings

Timeline:

  • Construction July 2017- April/ May 2019
  • Apartments Available for rent- March/April 2019

 

Garden Theater

 (per Cultural Resource Management Report 2008, Christine Davis Consultants):

The Garden Theater is located at 12 West North Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Historic Northside across from West Park, formerly known as Allegheny Commons.  The Garden Theatre property was purchased on July 16, 1906 by a Trustee for the Garden Theatre named Bennett Amdur (Deed Book 2237:130). The existing buildings were demolished and the Garden Theatre constructed in 1915 for David E Park, Vice President of People National Bank, who lived 4 blocks east of the site.  Architect Thomas H. Scott (also known for the Benedum-Trees Building Downtown) designed the motion picture theatre in a Classical style and the William D. Beatty Company constructed the building.

Bennett Amdursky, later changed to Amdur, managed the theatre for the Park family until 1924 when he became the building’s owner.

In 1927, changes were made to the entrance lobby and the rear of the auditorium. At the same time, a wide screen was installed. In 1958, the original glass panel marquee fell and was replaced with the marquee seen today.  After Amdur died in 1970, the theatre was sold in 1973 to the Penn-Ally Enterprises who transformed the building into an adult movie venue. In 1974, the original ticket booth was removed and donated to Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF).  The Historic American Building Survey (HABS) recorded the Garden Theatre in 1978.

In 2007, after a long legal battle, the Urban Redevelopment Authority took possession of the property through the use of eminent domain.

Around 2013, the rear portion of the building (approximately 50% of the building) was removed under a previous redevelopment plan.

Trek and its partner, Q Development, took possession of the property in 2015 and are working closely with the City, the community and the Urban Redevelopment Authority on the restoration of the Garden Theater.  The property will provide a dynamic community amenity upon completion a occupancy.

Timeline:

  • The property is now leasing!

Bradberry Building

 (per Cultural Resource Management Report 2008, Christine Davis Consultants):

This four-story Renaissance Revival apartment building replaced four clapboarded flats at the corner of Reddour and Eloise Streets.  Prominent Pittsburgh architect, Frederick Osterling (Union Trust Building downtown, Armstrong Cork Building in the Strip District, now Cork Factor Lofts) designed the building circa 1905.  William T. Bradberry, President of the Anshutz-Bradberry Stove Company, located in Allegheny City, owned the building.  By 1910, the apartments were rented primarily by white collar workers born in Pennsylvania, Ohio, England, Ireland and Magyar (U.S. Federal Census 1910).

Trek and its partner, Q Development, took possession of the property in May of 2017 and are working closely with the City, the community and the Urban Redevelopment Authority on the restoration and reuse of the Bradberry.  Although the building will remain a 16 unit apartment building, significant upgrades are incorporated to bring the building into the 21st century.  Upgrades include new apartment layouts, accessibility and entrance upgrades, the addition of an elevator and the stabilization and reconstruction of the severely deteriorated rear wall of the building.

Timeline:

  • Currently Under Construction!
  • Apartments Available for rent- early 2018

 Brownsville Senior Housing

Iron Bridge Crossings is a 24 unit senior development located in the National Historic District of Downtown Brownsville, PA.  The project consists of the adaptive reuse of a former G.C. Murphy Department Store coupled with a new construction addition.  Iron Bridge Crossings is the next step in the re-emergence of Brownsville.  Located directly across from the new Iron Bridge Amphitheater, the Crossings will provide high quality affordable housing to Fayette County seniors.  The building will boast high efficiency heating and cooling systems, triple pane windows and integrated internal parking.

Timeline:

  • Currently Under Construction!
  • Apartments Available for rent- December 2017/ January 2018

Wheeling Heights II

Wheeling Heights II is an urban, infill development of 4 buildings that will contain 18 dwelling units.  This development is being constructed within an existing neighborhood named Wheeling Heights in partnership with The Housing Authority of the City of Wheeling.  These new dwellings will both benefit from and reinforce the substantial reinvestments that the Housing Authority and their partners have made in this neighborhood in recent years.

Different building forms are used throughout the development to seamlessly blend into the existing neighborhood.  Two traditional townhome strings, each containing 5 townhomes, will be sited next to one another on Cherry Street.  A stacked duplex will be sited on Walters Avenue, and a single building that contains six, split-level townhomes will be sited on Grandview Street.

The project will contain four (4) one-bedroom apartments and fourteen (14) two-bedroom apartments.  The development will offer (1) one-bedroom and (1)  two-bedroom apartment that will be fully accessible.  An additional, one-bedroom apartment will be designed as a hearing and vision-impaired unit.  Ten of the townhome units will contain ground floor garages as a result of the site topography and an additional three units will have private, off-street parking.

Special Features:

  • Private exterior spaces; offering generously sized decks and patios.
  • Private washers & dryers
  • Energy Star Homes Version 3.0

Timeline:

  • Construction:  November 2016 – December 2017
  • Apartments will begin leasing in October 2017

Washington Trust Building Apartments

The Washington Trust Redevelopment Project consists of the historic reuse of the iconic Washington Trust Bank building located in downtown Washington, PA.  The 6 story, ±92,000 square foot landmark structure was constructed in 1902.  A 10 story, ±41,000 square foot annex was added to the building in 1922.  The Washington Trust Building occupies a prominent corner directly across the street from the County Courthouse and is nestled between Washington and Jefferson College and Washington’s main downtown retail/commercial district.

Over its life, building uses have consisted of an eclectic mix of banking, retail, law offices, and other various tenancies.  TREK Development Group purchased the building in November 2013 and subsequently had the property added to the National Register of Historic Places.  This project will convert the building from a strictly commercial use to a mixed use structure featuring commercial and housing uses.  The residential project will transform floors 2-10 of the Annex into (24) twenty-four, affordable, one-bedroom apartments and associated common amenity spaces.  The property will offer four fully accessible units for individuals with physical impairments and two units that will be fully equipped for individuals with hearing and vision impairments.

Timeline:

  • Construction:  September 2017 – October 2018
  • Apartments will begin leasing in August 2018

 

Making Positive Change in Our Communities

Mosaic at Dinwiddie

Trek is a proud sponsor of the ACH Clear Pathways Creative Camp starting June 22, through July 31, 2015. The children participated in a Mosaic Art program with Hill District photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris. His legacy lives on in a new mosaic mural, “Camera Man,” unveiled February 2016 on the side of TREK Development’s office in the Hill District!