A blighted block in the Central North Side neighborhood will be undergoing a much-needed and long-awaited transformation by the end of the summer. Twelve parcels around the Garden Theater will be turned into retail, office and residential space. The investment in this project is expected be $17.5 million according to developer Wayne Zukin and his Allegheny City Development Group. Mr. Zukin is from Philadelphia.
Zukin said his team is also seeking an expansion of the Mexican War Streets historic district in order to benefit from historic tax credits. Buildings will be demolished and replaced or reused. The former Masonic Hall, the Garden Theater and the Bradberry Apartment Building are some of the buildings to be transformed by the project.
The Central Northside Neighborhood Council and the Northside Learning Conference are working with the developer to make this project happen. We applaud this effort to stabilize the neighborhood, which will benefit the entire North Side.