Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

$40M Project Targets Squirrel Hill Developer Eyes Mixed-Use Legacy At'gateway' Corner

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

$40M Project Targets Squirrel Hill Developer Eyes Mixed-Use Legacy At'gateway' Corner

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Herky Pollock has made a name for himself over the years bringing retail to Pittsburgh. He's now hoping to bring revival to a prominent corner in Squirrel Hill.

Mr. Pollock, one of the region's top retail brokers, is pitching a plan for a 10-story residential, retail and parking redevelopment at the intersection of Forward and Murray avenues, sometimes referred to as the "Gateway to Squirrel Hill."

It will be Mr. Pollock's first major mixed use development of this kind. And it's one that has special meaning to the CBRE executive vice president, a lifelong Squirrel Hill resident.

"To me, it's a legacy-type project. It's an opportunity to truly make a difference in my own neighborhood where I've lived my entire life. This is for my kids, my grandchildren, to teach them that you can have an impact and leave this world better than before you came," he said.

The development is targeted for a blighted corner where a 2015 fire destroyed a building that once housed a karate studio and other businesses. A former movie theater also would be demolished to clear the way for the work. The project is adjacent to the former Poli restaurant site, which also is being redeveloped.

Mr. Pollock is proposing a $40 million project that would feature 125 market-rate apartments, including 52 one-bedroom and 44 studio units, 13,300 square feet of retail, and about 130 parking spaces over roughly three floors.

Among the amenities will be a rooftop gym and garden space. Mr. Pollock is teaming on the venture with Morgan Communities, which will be the management and leasing agency for the residential. Mr. Pollock and Morgan will jointly own the property.

A public meeting will be held on the project from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. The project also is scheduled to go before the city's zoning board of adjustment Aug. 10 for setback and height variances.

The proposed development sits a block from Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, where Mr. …

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