SouthSide Works is coming to life.

With new leasing announcements, new development, and a focus on local and lifestyle, the property’s new “inside outside” perspective is activating greenspace, connecting the trail to town center, and bringing new opportunities to one of Pittsburgh’s oldest neighborhoods.

The tenant mix at SouthSide Works remained diverse and exciting- from office tenants like Amazon, General Dynamics, and American Eagle to a mix of local and national retail tenants like Shop 412, The Cheesecake Factory and REI.

New property owners Somera Road are currently developing the new Town Center concept which will include all seasons outdoor food and beverage concepts, a stage for live performances, and the addition of greenspace and stylish common areas. The plans also include development of the property’s expansive green spaces with the addition of a dog park—complete with a food and beverage stop for a refreshing romp with your furry friends, a children’s playground, and several public art activations.  Somera Road has currently dedicated $37 million to property updates and enhancements on all fronts.

In addition to this exterior evolution, the old cinema is being converted into innovative office space, aptly named Box Office. The plans convert the theater space to 77,000 square feet of class A steel and glass and will offer prime office space geared toward companies looking to find a home in Pittsburgh or expand their current footprint.

Somera Road’s vision for the development adds an estimated 500 people to the daily traffic on the property, offering an added incentive for its new retail tenant mix. Add in the proximity to the trail and riverfront, large open-air patio overlooking the property, and new outside amenities and Box Office is a work-campus opportunity tailor made for post-2020 life.

The property will also be safely activating community programming and special pop-ups starting with the 2020 Holiday Season. The property is also swapping out the old holiday tree for more experience-based holiday lighting dubbed The Light Garden. The Light Garden is set up for seasonal selfies or family photo opps and will be active through January.

2021 will also bring additional development projects and leasing announcements. Somera Road is planning to develop a multi-family riverfront residential and office project that not only opens up the Monongahela Riverfront to future property residents and professionals but to the community at large.

With 230 multi-family units and 200,000 square feet of waterfront office space planned, the ownership group is focused on taking advantage of the beautiful downriver city view while preserving the integrity of the natural riverfront surroundings.

Innovative programming and partnerships are also on the menu at SouthSide Works in 2021.  Look for announcements and highlights coming soon.

All photos by Rose Colored Creative.