No, you probably can’t watch the Pirates from the rooftop pool, but if you walk out the front door, you’d be at a game in less time than it takes to tie your shoes.
That’s the draw for Ultra at PNC Park, a planned $77 million surface parking lot development across from the ballpark on West General Robinson Street. Construction is expected to begin later this year. Not everyone wants to live next to a baseball stadium. But it’s Pittsburgh, a sports freak – so Bridgeville-based developer ground floor is betting that there will be enough fans to fill 280 rental units.
“The building at this time is proposed to be 11 stories,” explains Shawn Fox, president of RDC. “You would have to climb several floors higher to see the interior (PNC Park). But you have great panoramic views, not only of the ballpark – but the way we articulate the building – we draw you in to the horizon, to the convention center and also to Mount Washington. The views over I-579 (on the other side) are really great with the North Hills in the back.
Along with a rooftop pool and sky lounge, there will be a games area with pool tables, a fitness center and dog wash stations. The first floor will have 105 parking spaces and street-facing retail, which Fox says would be ideal for a cafe or juice bar.
The site has long been a surface car park owned by Alco Parking. Nearby, Continental Real Estate is developing a project on North Shore Drive and Mazeroski Way that will replace another surface parking lot. The development is expected to include over 100 apartments, retail outlets and a pirate-themed outdoor plaza.
“The North Shore is simply an amazing place for multi-family residential development,” says Fox. “And over the years, in my mind, it’s become an everyday destination, not just on game day. There’s the Clemente Bridge to downtown and that great walkability. I think the waterfront trails and trail links on the North Shore are the best in town.
RDC is aiming for a LEED Silver designation for sustainability for Ultra at PNC Park. AE7 is the architect. Pricing has yet to be determined, but Fox says the units should have a “wide range of affordability levels.”
It took a long time, but the attractions of the North Shore began to pile up, as its vast area of surface land gradually diminished. There’s Stage AE, the Andy Warhol Museum, Rivers Casino, Shorty’s Pins x Pints, Southern Tier Brewing and more.