On Trend: Making Over Mayview and Bloomfield Lofts

Your guide to the latest news and local happenings in the home industry.

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In Bloom

After a delay caused by Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the city in the fall, the official groundbreaking for the Bloomfield Lofts occurred on Dec. 6. The 18-unit project continues the conversion trend of transforming a rundown building (in this case, a 100-year-old laundry facility) into residential space. “It’s a building with personality and is far from cookie-cutter,” says Kathy Wallace, founder of New City Marketing and a real estate agent at Keller Williams Realty. With high ceilings, brick walls and large windows, the loft-style condos will be available to occupy this spring. —KL
Bloomfield Lofts, 4926 Cypress St., Bloomfield; 412/855-8419, bloomfieldlofts.com

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Heart of Glass

Nothing says “I love you” as well as a homemade gift. With Valentine’s Day coming up, Pittsburgh Glass Center is hosting a love-themed Make-It-Now event. Attendees can make a glass flower, a fused Valentine or a heart-shaped glass pendant, says Paige Ilkhanipour, PGC marketing director. The crafts make the perfect home or office decoration and take only 15 minutes to complete. The event is set for 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 and is open to all ages. Cost is $25-$35 per craft. Pre-registration is suggested but not required. —KL
Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship; 412/365-2145, www.pittsburghglasscenter.org

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Making Over Mayview

Charter Homes & Neighborhoods plans to transform the former Mayview State Hospital property in South Fayette into an 80-acre housing development. About 300,000 tons of rubble from the demolition of the hospital will be recycled for the new Hastings neighborhood. A $200 million budget calls for building 576 homes, parks, open spaces and walking trails while preserving as much of the original trees and greenery as possible. Charter plans to begin construction early this year and have the first homes built by the end of the year. —KL

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Lofty Expectations

Perry and Lora Sigesmund founded PerLora more than 22 years ago, but their new PerLora Loft brings the high-quality furniture for which they’re known at prices intended not to break the bank. PerLora Loft, which opened in the fall, features pieces ranging from $300 to $3,000. Featured brands include Canada-based EQ3 and Innovation Living, a Danish furniture company. Thanks to the PerLora Loft, the company can expand its customer base to a larger, younger audience while maintaining its standard of excellence, Perry says. “It’s nice to have that sweet price point where we can stand behind the product and still have the quality that we’re known and recognized for.” —AR
PerLora Loft, 2220 E. Carson St., South Side; 412/431-2220, perlora.com

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So Mod

Regent Penn, a real estate and design company known for restoring century-old townhouses, is adding modular homes to its repertoire. With construction occurring in a factory, the company hopes to eliminate material waste and ensure efficiency and quality. Regent Penn is under contract to build 20 modular homes in East Liberty and Lawrenceville; groundbreaking for the first occurred in December. Each of the homes contains around 2,000 square feet and is designed for small families, with three bedrooms, three and a half baths and a garage. According to Zach Restelli, owner and project manager at Regent Penn, delivery of the first modular to a Lawrenceville lot is expected in February or March. —KL

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