The Big Mill project, a neighborhood retail, commercial and residential project
This project involved the rehab of the blighted Bulova building into mixed use facility. The NMTC financed the extensive renovation of the former Bulova Building located at 101 North Queen Street. The $28.5 million revitalization project involves the transformation of the vacant manufacturing facility into a vibrant, mixed-use complex which will be named 101 NQ. Once completed, 101 NQ contains 21,000 square feet of retail space, 90,000 square feet of office space, 35 apartment units, and 35 parking spaces. The project created 195 full-time jobs in addition to 45 construction jobs.
The Coal Street project transformed a dilapidated 30-acre park into a regional sports and medical complex. Coal Street Park, located in WilkesBarre, Pennsylvania, was extensively rehabilitated, injecting new life into one of the city’s most highly trafficked roadways, while creating an attractive entrance to the downtown district and providing excellent public recreation offerings. Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton stated that “the renovation…is a great example of how municipalities like WilkesBarre, working in cooperation with county, state, and federal levels of government and the private sector can provide outstanding offerings for their residents.”
The Project involves acquisition and adaptive re-use of a 67,000 SF unimproved warehouse. Extensive external and internal remodeling will enable HHC to double its examination rooms: Adult Medicine – 11 to 20; Pediatrics – 7 to 18; Women’s Services – 5 to 17; Dental – 8 to 12; for a total of 31 rooms to 67 rooms. The new facility will increase clinical waiting room space from 700 SF to 5,200 SF, and house a new 7,000 SF patient education and training facility.
The purpose of the project is to renovate the historic Schmucker Hall into a state of the art Civil War Museum. The museum is a national attraction, and its construction and subsequent operations and visitor spending are having a significant economic impact around the region.
Project H.O.M.E. sought to relocate its clinic operating in the St. Elizabeth Community Center for the past 18 years. The result is the Stephen Klein Wellness Center, a 30,000 SF LEED Silver facility that will allow Project H.O.M.E. to offer new services and expand its existing primary care, behavioral health, and health education services. The facility is located on Cecil B. Moore Avenue, a once vibrant commercial corridor. The area now experiences an estimated vacancy rate of 50%, and the residents neighboring Cecil B. Moore Avenue have an unemployment rate of twice the City’s rate with 43.3% of adults and children living in poverty. This neighborhood is isolated from basic services and is highly dependent upon public transportation for work and access to other goods and services. Vacant land, unproductive real estate, and unpaid taxes are the primary obstacles facing this corridor. This project is expected to help revitalize the community.
Chester Charter School for the Arts (“CCSA”) previously operated out of a modified warehouse building and had students enrolled from kindergarten to 10th grade. The space presented significant limitations and due to its prior use as a warehouse, the interior layout did not adequately address the proper needs of a permanent school environment. Additionally, the building’s landlord would not renew the school’s lease. Understanding the demands for a quality academic and arts school that met needs of the community, CCSA needed to expand into a new facility that offered the space and amenities necessary to allow students to be successful while the school proceeded in a timely fashion to ensure students and enrollment were not disrupted.
Pittsburgh’s Women’s Center and Shelter (‘WCS”) had been located since 1994 in a converted three story 38,000 SF former automobile showroom in the North Oakland neighborhood. WCS sought $12.5 million in NMTC allocation to make necessary improvements that resulted in an expansion of the shelter to 48 beds from the existing 36, enhance living spaces, administrative areas and therapy resources, while enlarging the facility’s children’s areas and creating shelter space for pets, along with updating security and safety systems, parking and storm water systems, and updating building systems to be a LEED certified building.
Piatt Place (formerly Lazarus Department Store) was a 265,000 squarefoot vacant department store in downtown Pittsburgh. The premises were built in 1998 as a downtown shopping location by Federated Corporate Services. The building is located at the corner of 5th Avenue and Wood Street, a major thoroughfare in the city’s central business district. The Piatt Place building received the 1999 AIA Georgia Design. The project created an estimated 489 jobs.
The project is a revitalization of a major gateway into the East Liberty neighborhood, which has been undergoing a major transformation after years of blight. The project will bring a Target department store into this urban neighborhood, located on a housing site on which HUD previously foreclosed and which has been designated a brownfield. There are a number of redevelopment projects underway in East Liberty. The completion of the Target Project will help anchor and revitalize East Liberty on its southeastern corner. The $47MM Project will bring 148,000 square feet of new retail into the neighborhood and create over 250 jobs of which 115 would be full-time equivalents. The approximate number of construction jobs to be created by this project is 117. The Project will be located directly across the street from a transit-related development currently in the planning stages.