After sitting vacant for nearly a decade, the space that formerly housed Poli restaurant in Squirrel Hill has been acquired by
and will be redeveloped into a mix of residential and office units.
After more than a year of effort, ACTION acquired the property at 5685 Forward Avenue through a sheriff’s sale in September. It will partner with Jewish Residential Services
to convert the site into a multi-purpose facility after demolishing the existing structure.
“We’d build up four or five stories,” says Linda Metropulos, ACTION-Housing’s director of housing and neighborhood development. “We’d build the building as a condo, and JRS would have the ground floor. We’d have the residential space above.”
Metropulos adds that JRS would likely use its portion of the space to build out its offices and improve the Howard Levin Clubhouse
— a non-profit facility assisting people affected by mental illness — which currently sits in the space adjacent to the former restaurant.
She also says that while plans are very premature, the project will cost somewhere between $12 and $15 million to complete. Though ACTION hasn’t formally enlisted an architecture firm, Metropulos said it is doing preliminary consultations with Downtown-based FortyEighty Architecture
“We’d probably start construction at the end of 2015,” Metropulos says. “It’s a lengthy process.”
Writer: Matthew Wein
Source: Linda Metropulos