View of Bakery Square from Mellon Park
|Location||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America|
|Opening date||Initial: 2009-2010; Phase 2: 2013-|
|Total retail floor area||352,540|
Bakery Square is an open-air shopping and office development in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Larimer, adjacent to the neighborhoods of Shadyside and East Liberty in the city's East End. Bakery Square is located on 5.1 acres along Penn Avenue.
The main Bakery Square building was built as a Nabisco factory in 1918 and operated until 1998. Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwest Pennsylvania bought the building in 1999 and leased it to the Atlantic Baking Company, which was subsequently merged with Bake-Line Group and then went bankrupt in 2004. In 2006, the City of Pittsburgh declared the building blighted, paving the way for a redevelopment plan by Walnut Capital in 2007. The building opened after remodeling in May 2010.
Bakery Square has 216,080 square feet of office space. More than half the space is leased by Google. Other tenants include:
- UPMC Enterprises
- University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
- University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering
- Human Movement Research Laboratory (Department of Bioengineering)
Google operates an office in Bakery Square. A piece of the Nabisco factory's original equipment, a large dough mixer, was left standing in homage to the site's industrial roots. As of January 2011, Google was leasing approximately 115,000 square feet (10,700 m2) of office space in the complex, though not all of it was yet developed and filled with employees.
Bakery square has 136,460 square feet of retail space. Tenants include Urban Active Fitness, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, TechShop, Anthropologie, Free People, Panera, Coffee Tree Roasters, Jimmy Johns, and Urban Active.
Bakery Square 2.0
Walnut Capital successfully worked with Urban Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittsburgh to purchase and subsequently demolish the former Reizenstein school. Construction began on a project named "Bakery Square 2.0," this new development will create a combination of new office space and residential development.
With completion in early June, the first of the two apartment buildings at the site will be open to tenants, with leasing almost at 100%. The project will seek to be LEED Certified, with bio-retention on site, green roofs, porous paving, and bioswales. A second building is currently proposed to the City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission.
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