Vancouver developer pursuing 24-unit condo project in the Strip

By Tim Schooley – Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times
Nov 9, 2017, 11:46am EST Updated Nov 9, 2017, 3:18pm EST

A Vancouver developer is pursuing a new 24-unit condo building on a plot of what is now a granite fabricating operation in the Strip.

Breanna Tyson, principal of Hullett Properties, presented a plan to build a new building of five stories with rooftop living space at 2528 Smallman St. to the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment, working with Strip District-based Indovina Associates Architects.

Tyson and Hullet have the property under agreement and propose the new condo building for a site next to the 1500 Smallman condo development and across from Oxford Development Co.’s 3 Crossings mixed-use project.

The project as proposed is designed to reach 76 feet, needing a variance to the 60-foot height limit the Urban Industrial zoning of the location requires.

Rob Indovina, principal of Indovina Associates Architects, said the height of the proposed project is in keeping with other neighboring developments, including the Cork Factory Lofts, the Otto Milk Condos, and others.

The project, which is expected to include about a parking space for each unit, also seeks a variance for floor area ratio.

The project did bring questions from a representative of Chuck Hammel, who developed the 1500 Smallman project that neighbors the proposal.

Jim Maug, the director of building maintenance and properties for Pitt Ohio, Hammel’s company, noted the new condo plan is proposed to rise a few floors above 1500 Smallman.

“We just wanted to see how this was going to effect the privacy of these high-end condominiums,” he said, also wondering how the project might influence the sales prospects for a few remaining available units.

Tyson, developing her first project of her own at the age of 27, declined comment on her plan after the meeting, adding she won’t speak publicly on it until the property sale closes.

According to her LinkedIn account, Tyson formerly worked in construction at the Omni Group, a Vancouver-based firm that owns and manages more than 6,200 apartments in a development portfolio that also includes office, retail and industrial space.

Tyson’s new condo project joins at least two others in development in the Strip District right now.

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