Rendering by Clark Barnes architects. Courtesy of City Planning Department.

Are 214,600 square feet of new housing and retail coming to East Liberty? Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning will decide this week.

On Tuesday, the commission will officially review a proposal from Denver-based real estate firm Charles Street Partners for 5803 Centre Ave. Their vision: a six-story mixed-use development of between 150 and 170 residential units located above a variety of retail and commercial spaces.

At street level and below, the developers are planning for 144 parking spaces and 58 bicycle docks. Apartments will range in size from studios to one- and two-bedroom apartments.

With help from outside experts, the company studied local traffic patterns and stormwater mitigation techniques over the course of 2018. They collaborated with Clark Barnes architects, based in Seattle, on the initial designs (seen above and below).

Another view of 5803 Centre Ave. Courtesy of the Department of City Planning.

Amenities for the proposed residences include a fitness room, a rooftop deck, private terraces and a central courtyard.

The now-vacant building previously held Trau & Loevner Inc., a 100-year old screen printing business currently based in Braddock.

The proposals for the building were published on the Department of City Planning’s website last week. Representatives from Charles Street could not be reached for comment on the timeline of construction and public availability.

If approved, the building will join a growing roster of large-scale developments going up where East Liberty meets the edges of Friendship and Shadyside, such as the Coda on Centre apartments and the final building in Walnut Capital’s Bakery Square.

Bill O'Toole

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