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Planners OK apartments, big Giant Eagle

Residents of Shadyside will get yet another deluxe supermarket in their neighborhood next year, as well as a five-story apartment building that will provide 78 units of housing.

The Pittsburgh Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a project that will nearly triple the existing Giant Eagle supermarket at Centre and Negley avenues from 26,000 to 70,000 square feet.

The remodeled building, which will contain an expanded underground parking garage, also will house an Iggle Video store and a coffee shop with separate entrances facing Centre Avenue, according to the approved plans.

Architects plan to refurbish the building’s exterior with new brick and metal-accented masonry, and install a glass curtain across the front of the building, city planner Bob Reppe said.

“We wanted to get as much transparency as possible between what’s going on inside the building and what’s going on on the street,” he said.

A five-story apartment building will be constructed on top of the expanded supermarket. It will be set back from the building’s front entrance and a 50-foot wide rooftop garden will cover part of the roof and give residents a view of trees and other greenery, as well as a place to sit outside. The building also will contain a private gym for residents.

Construction cannot begin until next year at the earliest because of delays in closing on two properties — a vacant beer distributor and an apartment building — that must be demolished to make room for the expansion, according to planners.

Yesterday, the planning commission also approved plans to build a new clinic for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh under construction at Penn Avenue and 44th Street in Lawrenceville; to demolish the former Allegheny County Jail Annex on Ross Street, Downtown, to make way for a new nine-story building to house county human services and forensic labs; and for the construction of an apartment building in the Cultural District.


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