Rendering courtesy of 5th Dimension.

Starting in the spring of 2021, hundreds of Pittsburghers will have the Hofbräuhaus and SouthSide Works Cinema as neighbors.

Yesterday, the Indiana-based TWG Development began construction on Connection @ South Side, a mixed-income development that will bring 280 new apartment units to the riverfront neighborhood. Construction is slated to continue for two years.

The rental apartments will be a mix of studios and larger units. All residents will have access to amenities including an outdoor pool, grills and a fire pit, a dog park, a 24-hour fitness center, secure bicycle storage and a community lounge area.

Rendering courtesy of 5th Dimension.

In addition to the residences, the development will include ground-level retail space, a marina, a riverfront park and five miles of new multi-use trails, according to the Urban Development Authority (URA). The company will also repair and restore the sidewalks on the surrounding block and refurbish the bus stops along Sarah Street.

The building is TWG’s first project in Pittsburgh and will cost approximately $56.7 million.

After winding through the city approval process over the last year, TWG received permission to begin construction from the URA in May. As part of the company’s agreement with the URA, 10 percent of the 280 apartments must be affordable to residents making 50 percent of the region’s median income.

Rendering courtesy of Fifth Dimension.

The six-story building was designed in 2018 after a series of meetings with neighborhood stakeholders, in collaboration with the Austin, Texas office of the architecture and interior design firm Fifth Dimension.

The development is going up on a 2.6-acre tract of land near the Hot Metal Bridge between Carson and Sidney streets, one of the last undeveloped parcels of land left in the rapidly changing neighborhood.

Bill O'Toole

Bill O'Toole was a full-time reporter for NEXTpittsburgh until October, 2019. He previously reported in Myanmar.