North Shore Place II in Pittsburgh Signs First Office Tenant; Buncher No Longer Involved in Redeveloping Strip District’s Produce Terminal

North Shore Place II, which is part of the new 120,000-square-foot mixed-use development between PNC Park and Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, has signed its first office tenant.

By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

North Shore Place II, which is part of the new 120,000-square-foot mixed-use development between PNC Park and Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, has landed its first office tenant.

According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, Continental Office Environments has announced it would occupy 13,000 square feet of space at the soon-to-be-completed complex. Currently located at the Waterfront in Homestead, the company is an affiliated firm of the project’s developer, Continental Real Estate Cos. of Columbus. It is also Western PA’s exclusive dealer for the well-known furniture designer Herman Miller.

“Pittsburgh remains a critical market for us and we are in a growth mode. This new office, close to the urban core and heartbeat of the city, will allow us to not only more fully integrate our employees into downtown Pittsburgh, but will provide an opportunity to showcase the innovative products and solutions we offer. The space is truly an example of practicing what we preach,” said Continental Office Environments CEO Ira Sharfin.

The new office will offer a dynamic, studio environment focusing on interactive and collaborative spaces, highlighted by touch screens and hands-on experiences.

Construction on the two companion mixed-use buildings called North Shore Place I & II began last year.

So far, the project’s developer has announced three first-floor restaurant tenants for the complex, including Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Burgatory, North Park Lounge and Cabana Bar.

In other news, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Buncher Co. will no longer be involved in the redevelopment of the Produce Terminal along Smallman Street in the Strip District.

Instead, the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority will vote to select one of the three developers that offered proposals for the project—the Ferchill Group of Cleveland, McCaffery Interests of Chicago or Rubino Partners of Pittsburgh.

Buncher’s original plan was to demolish the western third of the 1,533-foot-long terminal to extend 17th Street to the Allegheny River and build the $450 million Riverfront landing residential and office development around the warehouse. Preservationists, however, opposed the idea of demolishing the city’s historic property.

New plans from the three developers call for the construction of portals through the terminal as a means of reaching the river.

Ferchill and McCaffery’s development proposals include residential space, with a smaller retail and office component, while Rubino intends to build a giant marketplace filled with farmers, Amish vendors and businesses specializing in close-out merchandise.

Photo credits: Continental Office Environments