Ground was broken today on the first phase of the Bryant Street Revitalization Project in the Highland Park section of Pittsburgh. State Senator Jim Ferlo of Highland Park says the the investment has been a long time coming and a culmination of many things..."over a decade of patient acquisition and site control efforts that included ridding the street of a nuisance bar, a comprehensive community engagement and planning process, countless designs and proposals and waiting for the right tenant to bring the right concept. Ernie Hogan, of East Liberty Development, calls the revitalization project a process in which Highland Park can find its identity. They have gotten support from state and city funding programs and have gotten federal tax credits to develop a distinct business district. Hogan says the development is trying to target young professionals to open mom- and pop- shop type businesses, and perhaps live in the same neighborhood.
The first phase includes the historic renovation of the existing building at 5801 Bryant Street into two second floor residential rental units and the construction of a one story addition to create restaurant space that will be occupied by Park Bruges Cafe. Phase two will consist of 12, 2-story town homes built around a center courtyard.