Bloomfield Lofts
Courtesy The Downtown Design Company.

An old linen warehouse at 4926 Cypress Street in Bloomfield is being transformed into 18 luxury condos. Bloomfield Lofts is the first of its kind for the neighborhood. The development will feature a common social room and outdoor courtyard plus on-site car and bicycle parking.

The condominiums will have large industrial-style windows, 15-foot high ceilings on the first floor and private balconies. The spaces are designed to have lots of ambient light with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and Energy Star stainless steel appliances.

“I have longtime family in Bloomfield,” says Jason Lardo, principal at I-CON, the developer, and Integrity Construction Company, the contractor. “The neighborhood has wanted [this building] rehabbed for quite some time. It is the first condo project ever in Bloomfield; the community has been very receptive. The building is really unique.”

bloomfield lofts interior
Bloomfield Lofts interior rendering.

“We build today for tomorrow with respect for our past,” says architect David Julian Roth of The Downtown Design Company. “In particular, we are interested in creating timeless architecture. We often design new buildings like old buildings. So here we have a bridge between the past and future.”

I-CON has a mission of “contemporary, classic and connected,” so this location in Bloomfield, with its highly walkable business district and access to public transportation is ideal, says Roth.

The one- and two-bedroom condos start at $272,000 and will be completed in spring 2017. More information is available on the website.

“The city of Pittsburgh is very important to me,” says Lardo. “I am very passionate about it, almost bullish. I believe in it and we are trying to build real estate projects for the next generation.”

Maya Haptas has an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University and is a freelance writer covering various topics from architecture and urban design to wellness and skateboarding. She is currently the assistant editor of Bigfoot Skateboarding Magazine.