Lawrenceville is getting a TRYP Hotel in a historic building

Lawrenceville is getting its first hotel in years, and it’s an adaptive reuse of an older building.

The Washington Education Center — the large brick building located at 40th St. just west of Butler (next to Wendy’s) — will be transformed into a boutique TRYP Hotel scheduled to open in early 2019.

Josh Aderholt, a 12-year resident of the neighborhood and principal at the Wheeling, WV-based Century Group, is largely to thank for what will be the first TRYP Hotel in the state.

Rather than cookie-cutter style, each TRYP hotel (there are six in the U.S. and more around the globe) is designed to reflect “the vibe, drama and feel of its city,” said Danny Aderholt of Century Group, developers of the property. Danny is Josh’s dad and has witnessed the many changes of Lawrenceville, a place he calls one of the coolest neighborhoods in America.

At the presentation at Row House Cinema. Image shown is from a Tryp Hotel in Texas.

He and several others from The Century Group presented the plans for the 108-room TRYP Hotel at Row House Cinema on Wednesday. Shelby Weber, interior designer at Desmone Architects (they’re handling architecture for the project), was also on hand, along with David Breingan, head of Lawrenceville United.

The group is pairing with Kate Romane, noted chef and owner of Black Radish Kitchen, for food service at its hotels two restaurants, one on the ground floor and one on the rooftop, including a small plates tapas menu. That, joked Danny, could include smaller sandwiches with coleslaw and fries. Romane Productions will also help choose the executive chef and culinary team for both restaurants.

While the hotel’s target audience is millennials, Danny said it is really for those “young at heart, passionate and hungry for experience.” It pairs some of the sexiness of Ace

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City Planning Seeks Public Input on Riverfront Zoning

Pittsburgh, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Feng Qu’s photostream

Pittsburgh, PA (January 19, 2018) Beginning this weekend Saturday, January 20, 2018, those who own property along Pittsburgh’s 35 miles of riverfront are encouraged to review the Pittsburgh Department of City Planning’s proposed changes to the existing riverfront zoning code and participate in a 30-day public comment period. City Planning will send letters next week to property owners in and adjacent to the riverfront districts notifying them of the opportunity to comment on the zoning updates.

The proposed changes were developed over a two-year public process that included a series of community meetings, focus group sessions, stakeholder interviews and public surveys. The updated zoning increases predictability for communities, property and business owners, and developers, and balances the needs of different uses, including residential, commercial, mixed-use and ongoing industrial activities.

“Pittsburgh’s current riverfront zoning doesn’t reflect the full range of ways that Pittsburghers use our riverfronts today.” said City Planning Director Ray Gastil. “The zoning changes are a way to make sure that everyone is better served by being responsive to today’s riverfront businesses, opening up riverfront access to the community, and encouraging smart new development and redevelopment.”

The proposed zoning creates five new zoning districts that recognize and accommodate the varied uses and characteristics of the Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. It also establishes a performance points bonus system that encourages new development to include public benefits such as riverfront trails and amenities, enhanced rainwater management landscaping and increased energy efficiency in exchange for requested additional building height or reductions in the riparian buffer.

The 30-day commenting period starts this Saturday, January 20 and ends on Monday, February 19, 2018. The proposed zoning will be the subject of a public hearing before the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission on February 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Property owners in the riverfront zoning districts can review

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