The Bakery Square 2.0 Master Plan charted the course for a vibrant innovation district by building on the seeds of an existing mixed-use development, Bakery Square, and creating a new urban infill connection with a mix of commercial, residential, and green space.
The first part of Bakery Square began with the adaptive reuse of a former Nabisco factory, now occupied by Google and other tech industry tenants. A string of retailers quickly filled in around the existing factory building. The Bakery Square 2.0 Master Plan addressed the subsequent redevelopment of a 12.5-acre vacant public school site across the street, adding residential and commercial buildings that will generate millions of dollars in property taxes for the city, county and school district.
Architecturally, the development draws on both the Nabisco building and nearby residences of Chatham Village, Dover Gables, and Shadyside, while satisfying contemporary needs with open, flexible spaces, abundant natural light, and locally-sourced materials. The two apartment bulidings, Bakery Living I and II, are now complete; residents there enjoy abundant amenities including their own pool, lawns, and a series of shared living spaces. Office buildings are underway, their facades taking cues from local industrial buildings, but with contemporary details and materials, incorporating passive and active strategies to capitalize on solar orientation.
In addition to the renewed vibrancy and the economic benefits brought by the project, Bakery Square 2.0 sets a new standard for sustainable development in the city. Through collaboration with the public streets department, the project brought the largest piece of green infrastructure in the city to date, with more to come as the rest of the plan is constructed. The development adds hundreds of users near a transit hub and creates extensive off-street bike and walking paths. The new commercial space is enabling the tech cluster to expand, bringing more jobs with innovative companies. As a result, Bakery Square overall has become a highly sought-after place to live, work and play.
– Robert Rubenstein, Acting Executive Director, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh