Rendering courtesy of Dwell Design Studio.

Plans for the long-anticipated phase two of the Arsenal 201 development in Lawrenceville were unveiled by Indianapolis-based Milhaus Ventures at a community meeting on Thursday night at the Teamster Temple on Butler St.

Phase one, which opened for habitation last year, sits on 12.75 acres of land on Butler between 39th and 40th Streets and features 243 rental apartments, a pool and 19,000 square feet of presently unfilled retail space on the ground level.

According to a presentation shared by Lawrenceville United, the company is proposing a complementary five-story structure in the vacant lot behind the building, closer to the Allegheny River.

The development would include 343 apartments, a 445-space parking garage for cars, 200 parking spaces for bikes, a dog park and pedestrian access to the nearby river trail.

Per Lawrenceville’s recently enacted inclusionary zoning policy, the development will include 35 affordable units for residents making 50% of the area median income or below.

Rendering courtesy of Dwell Design Studio.

However, the requested parking allotment goes beyond limits set by the city’s riverfront zoning laws. The developers have requested an exception from the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment with a hearing scheduled for the morning of July 18 at the municipal building on 200 Ross St.

If all necessary civic approvals come through, Milhaus hopes to begin construction this year and have phase two ready for habitation in the fall of 2021.

The Sewickley-based PVE, LLC will lead construction, while the Atlanta-based Dwell Design Studio will handle the architecture.

From the beginning, Milhaus pitched Arsenal 201 as a multi-stage development, though the surrounding neighborhood has seen significant changes since the project first broke ground in 2016.

In addition to new zoning laws to contend with, dozens of new bars and restaurants have popped up along Butler Street, and the building is now a neighbor to Wyndham’s recently opened Tryp Hotel, on the other side of the 40th Street Bridge.

Bill O'Toole

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