For lovers of time-lapse demolition videos, this 20-second clip featuring the demise of Reynoldstown’s former Stewart Center will be oh-so-glorious to behold.
For those with an emotional attachment to the building, however, it’s likely akin to watching your memories get ravaged by a big, indifferent machine.
Judging by the video, which recently appeared on Facebook, it seems the former location of the social ministry — which sold the property and uprooted to the Pittsburgh Community — is totally, irrevocably no more.
In its place, developers have proposed a cluster of semi-detached homes a couple of blocks from the Beltline that could alter the residential core of Reynoldstown. The newly christened venture will be called "Reynoldstown Row."
Local builder Thrive Homes plans to bring duplexes (18 total homes) to a lot on Flat Shoals Avenue, directly across from pooch-friendly coffee shop ParkGrounds. Or at least those were the plans at last check, earlier this year. We've asked Thrive for updates and will post any that come.
The project replaces the longtime home of The Stewart Center. On the chopping block were a small playground and what the center's website described as the "well-known/infamous 'blue building.'"
If the duplex project moves forward as earlier planned, each unit will encompass a little more than 2,000 square feet, with prices starting in the $400,000s.
New renderings and a timeline were not yet available, per a Thrive rep. But here's a couple of pics we captured as demo began a couple of weeks ago — and images of the site plans from February:
- Duplex Proposals Could Alter Heart of Reynoldstown [Curbed]
- The Stewart Center [website]