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What’s buzzing in the Pittsburgh home industry.

Photo courtesy New City Marketing

After a delay caused by Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the city in the fall, the official groundbreaking for the Bloomfield Lofts occurred on Dec. 6. The 18-unit project continues the conversion trend of transforming a rundown building (in this case, a 100-year-old laundry facility) into residential space. “It’s a building with personality and is far from cookie-cutter,” says Kathy Wallace, founder of New City Marketing and a real estate agent at Keller Williams Realty. With high ceilings, brick walls and large windows, the loft-style condos will be available to occupy this spring. —KL

Bloomfield Lofts, 4926 Cypress St., Bloomfield; 412/855-8419, bloomfieldlofts.com

Heart of Glass

Photo courtesy Pittsburgh Glass Center
Nothing says “I love you” as well as a homemade gift. With Valentine’s Day coming up, Pittsburgh Glass Center is hosting a love-themed Make-It-Now event. Attendees can make a glass flower, a fused Valentine or a heart-shaped glass pendant, says Paige Ilkhanipour, PGC marketing director. The crafts make the perfect home or office decoration and take only 15 minutes to complete. The event is set for 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 and is open to all ages. Cost is $25-$35 per craft. Pre-registration is suggested but not required. —KL

Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship; 412/365-2145, www.pittsburghglasscenter.org

Making Over Mayview

Photo courtesy Charter Homes
Charter Homes & Neighborhoods plans to transform the former Mayview State Hospital property in South Fayette into an 80-acre housing development. About 300,000 tons of rubble from the demolition of the hospital will be recycled for the new Hastings neighborhood. A $200 million budget calls for building 576 homes, parks, open spaces and walking trails while preserving as much of the original trees and greenery as possible. Charter plans to begin construction early this year and have the first homes built by the end of the year. —KL



Photo courtesy Regent Penn
Regent Penn, a real estate and design company known for restoring centuryold townhouses, is adding modular homes to its repertoire. With construction occurring in a factory, the company hopes to eliminate material waste and ensure efficiency and quality. Regent Penn is under contract to build 20 modular homes in East Liberty and Lawrenceville; groundbreaking for the first occurred in December. Each of the homes contains around 2,000 square feet and is designed for small families, with three bedrooms, three and a half baths and a garage. According to Zach Restelli, owner and project manager at Regent Penn, delivery of the first modular to a Lawrenceville lot is expected in February or March. —KL


Photo courtesy Regent Penn

Published in Pittsburgh Magazine HOME, Jan 2017
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