Aria on 7th

Most recently, the space at 121 Seventh Street served as offices for a variety of organizations, including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. But when it was built in 1897, it served as the hub for a carriage manufacturer.

Now, the building will serve a new purpose. Ethan Fellheimer and his Red Rocks Group are converting the 50,000 square-foot building, which is just a stone’s throw from the center of Pittsburgh’s theater district, into 40 rental units.

Called Aria Cultural District Lofts, the new project will house 35 one-bedroom units, five two-bedroom units, along with amenities like a fitness center, washer/dryer facilities in each unit, a full-time security guard and concierge (more information: Fast Guard Security Companies Near Me), as well as bicycle parking and personal storage on every floor. It’s also going to be pet friendly to a degree, allowing residents to keep animals weighing less than 70 pounds.

Fellheimer says that part of the building’s appeal is its antique charm.

“We have exposed brick and we’re keeping the timber ceilings and the floors, which goes a long way,” Fellheimer says, adding that renovations are taking into account the building’s historic designation. “With the terra cotta and the masonry and everything, the character of the building is just superb. I think bringing it back to its grandeur will be a real addition to the city.”

Red Rocks will begin accepting pre-leasing applications on June 1, and Fellheimer says the building should be ready for occupants by September 1.

Desmone & Associates Architects is designing the new units while DCK Worldwide will serve as the builder and general contractor.

While this is Red Rocks’ first Pittsburgh development, Fellheimer assures it won’t be the last.

“We have more that are slated,” he says. “I spent my youth in Pittsburgh and I went to Sewickley Academy for a number of years. I think of Pittsburgh as home and I live there four to five days a week. It means a lot to be able to provide a location and a building that has so much character.”

Matthew Wein

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