Rendering of Bloomfield Lofts.

With a few flicks of the shovel, Bloomfield’s first condominium project is officially underway.

Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald were on hand to mark the ceremonial groundbreaking of Bloomfield Lofts, at 4926 Cypress St., which will transform a vacant linen warehouse into 18 luxury condos.

“It’s hard to believe Bloomfield never had condos,” said Peduto who praised the project for it’s “adaptive reuse.”

Groundbreaking at Bloomfield Lofts. Brian Conway photo.

“This city is going to change rapidly,” he said, “and we’re going see a lot of these beautiful gems polished up so we can take our history along for the ride with us.”

“This is a special, special neighborhood,” said Fitzgerald, whose roots in Bloomfield date back to his great-grandparents. He too applauded the developers for not just leveling the vacant structure but reclaiming the former industrial site and turning it into somewhere people can plant roots and call home.

The lofts will range in size from 915 square feet to 1,500+, with prices beginning at $269,000. Each unit includes stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors; some include private balconies, 15-foot high ceilings and large industrial-style windows. There will also be a common gym area, outdoor courtyard and on-site parking.

Six of the 18 units have already sold.

Members of Bloomfield Citizens Council at the groundbreaking. Brian Conway photo.

Jason Lardo, principal at I-CON Development, says it is the community of Bloomfield that makes this project stand out from the rest.

“This is the next neighborhood to pop off,” he said. “I think our business district is the best in the East End. It’s certainly the largest and densest.”

“It’s a great improvement for the community as well as the district,” added Gloria LeDonne, president of the Bloomfield Business Network, who emphasized the development’s walkability with the Liberty Avenue business district.

“We were very impressed by Jason’s vision,” said Janet Cercone Scallion, president of the Bloomfield Citizens Council. She says the project “brings a whole new flavor and lifestyle into Pittsburgh’s most lovable neighborhood.”

Brian Conway

Brian Conway is a writer and photographer whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and local publications. In his free time, he operates Tripsburgh. Brian lives in the South Side.