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Evergrey Jun 2, 2015 2:59 AM

Location: Forbes & Halket, Oakland neighborhood (near University of Pittsburgh)
Residential Units: 138
Retail: 3,300 sq ft
Building Area: 201,000 sq ft
Architect: Desmone
Developer: Campus Advantage
Start: Feb 2016
Completion: August 2017
Cost: $25 million

This tower will replace a vacant one-story former laundromat. Housing is geared toward students, though non-students are welcome to lease as well.

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Austinlee Jun 2, 2015 8:46 PM

FYI, IMO opinions 13 story buildings barely qualify as "highrises". More like the maximum size for mid rise buildings. HOWEVER, I am ALWAYS excited to see Oakland fill in with midirse density. Let's face it, it will only make Pittsburgh seem more cosmopolitan and "European" in a way where they don't go for mega scrapers but just straight up high quality infill and midrises.
I love it. Believe it or not, I am QUITE excited about Skyvue. What a hulking tower block of young, smart people doing amazing things in Pittsburgh. I wouldn't mind living there one bit. However, rents are probably huge there...

photoLith Jun 2, 2015 9:19 PM

Good, the development needs to keep on moving further south down Forbes. I wouldn't exactly call this a high rise though, more like a mid rise. Isnt this the first tallish built along Forbes since about the 70s or so in Oakland? Its been a long time.

Evergrey Jul 20, 2015 3:18 PM


New 13-story apartment building approved for Oakland

Jun 17, 2015, 7:53am EDT

The Pittsburgh Planning Commission voted to approve a plan by Austin, Texas-based Campus Advantage to build a 13-story apartment building on Forbes Avenue in Oakland.

Campus Advantage, working with Desmone Architects, sought a height variance for what’s designed to be a 140-foot structure, above the permitted 102-foot use, in a development slated to include 138 units and 295 beds in a one-price multifamily product targeted to college students.

The new apartment project is to be built at 3407 Forbes Ave., a block away from where the 389-unit Skyvue multifamily project is already under construction.

The Campus Advantage project is targeted to college students, offering an all-in price of about $1,000 per resident that includes cable service and utilities in apartments that are fully furnished.

“This entire building is very supportive of student life,” said Jen Bee, an architect for Desmone who presented the project to the Planning Commission. “It’s really going to drive students onto Forbes Avenue.”

Oakland Planning & Development, a community nonprofit, voiced its support of the Campus Advantage project, touting its location as a site the Oakland 2025 master plan recommended for high-density multifamily development.

Ronnie Macejewski, a senior vice president for Campus Advantage, said the company's meetings with the neighborhood’s various community projects helped.

“It’s a better project because of the involvement of the neighborhood groups,” he said.

He said there's pent-up demand in the neighborhood.

“This is a very, very urban area,” he said of Oakland.


Austinlee Jul 21, 2015 6:12 AM

Just one block from a huge new $50 million 300+ unit development. You want a dense American city? It's happening.

speagles84 Aug 10, 2016 8:51 PM

This needs to be moved to Construction.

Urbannizer Oct 17, 2019 4:18 PM


Sort of...downsized to 9-stories

Busy Bee Oct 17, 2019 5:06 PM

^I'll give that paint job about 10 years before peak consensus is reached as to its' tackiness and is painted to match the rest of the body color.

pj3000 Oct 17, 2019 7:43 PM


Originally Posted by Busy Bee (Post 8720027)
^I'll give that paint job about 10 years before peak consensus is reached as to its' tackiness and is painted to match the rest of the body color.

It's much worse and cheap-looking in person.

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