Bakery Square 3.0 will be the final, nine-story office building on 20-acre development

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The developers who repurposed a historic Nabisco factory into the tech-oriented Bakery Square campus want to build a nine-story office building on the final undeveloped parcel of the East End property.

Walnut Capital, in plans submitted to the Zoning Board of Appeals and Adjustment, says it will construct a LEED-certified building with 320,000 square feet of office space as its final buildout on the 20-acre Bakery Square development in Larimer and Shadyside.

Walnut is seeking a variance to permit a building that would be three stories taller than current zoning law permits on the 1.5-acre parcel. Its request is scheduled for a Feb. 15 zoning hearing.

“We’ve received substantial interest in high-quality, green office space at Bakery Square’s campus that exceeds our current demand,” Walnut Capital President Todd Reidbord says in a statement that did not specify potential tenants.

“This is the first step of the planning process and we will be working closely with city leaders and community members,” he says. “Our city’s continued growth is dependent on developers’ ability to keep up with the demand – staying ahead of high-tech companies’ growth needs and working with government partners to invest in infrastructure.”

The proposed building site has been used for events at Bakery Square. Photo courtesy Walnut Capital.

Bakery Square, an office and housing complex built around the former Nabisco factory, is home to tech companies, retailers and more than 500 residents in apartments and townhomes. The development along Penn Avenue includes the site of the former Reizenstein School and has attracted tenants such as Google, UPMC, the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute and PNC’s startup arm, Numo. Office space at Bakery Square totals 800,000 square feet, Walnut says.

If approved, the next phase of development would include an 800-vehicle garage. Walnut says its $40 million project

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