Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Duquesne Brewery Nonprofit Looking to Developers 8 Firms Interested in S. Side Building

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Duquesne Brewery Nonprofit Looking to Developers 8 Firms Interested in S. Side Building

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The Brew House Association, an artist-driven nonprofit that owns the former Duquesne Brewery on the South Side, has taken on a consultant to solicit developers' interest in the building.

The association and consultant Rick Belloli, principal of Civic Square LLC, issued a request for qualifications last week. Mr. Belloli led a recent tour for 12 people representing eight firms interested in redeveloping the late 19th century structure, which is really three adjoined buildings, the tallest being eight stories.

Mr. Belloli said the board was pleased by the number of hefty developers who are interested. He said they came from Pittsburgh, Wheeling, State College and Ohio.

The Brew House Association, which was established in 1990, wants a developer as a partner so that the 104,000-square-foot building at 2100 Mary St. can continue to house its studio and exhibition space. As part of a larger redevelopment, arts-related and commercial entities and housing would be welcome, Mr. Belloli said.

"Part of this outreach is to put the building forward as an asset," said Tim Kaulen, a sculptor and president of the board.

Duquesne Brewery established the site in 1899 and brewed beer there until 1972, when it had 425 employees. In 1940, it was the largest brewery in Pennsylvania and the eighth-largest in the country, brewing 690,000 barrels a year.

The building is not a city-designated historic property or on the National Register of Historic Places. If it were, it would save the developer 20 percent in tax credits. It still may be eligible because it is close to the East Carson Street historic district and has contributive history and architecture, Mr. Belloli said.

"We're trying to reach out to developers who have experience with tax credits," whether historic, new market or housing, he said. "Historic eligibility is something we anticipate working with the developer on, because that 20 percent credit would be a significant savings.

"The artists recognized that this is a big bite. …

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