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Mixed-use project breaks ground at Pittsburgh historic site


Arsenal Park, an often overlooked historical site in Pittsburgh, is now destined to re-emerge as Arsenal 201, a residential and retail project.

Milhous Development broke ground last week on the $100 million first phase of the project, which encompasses and entire block between 39th and 49th Streets in the city’s Lawrenceville section. That was the site of the Allegheny Arsenal, a key manufacturing and supply facility for the Union Army where an 1862 explosion took the lives of 78 workers -- the largest civilian disaster of the war.

The historic significance of the site will be evident in the initial construction of 243 residential units and 19,000 sq. ft. of retail space. The grounds will feature Arsenal Alley, the Canteen resident lounge, and the Ammunition Fitness/Wellness Center.

City officials were adamant from the outset that site should retain its historical identity. “It was voiced that they would like 'Arsenal' to remain in the name in some capacity,” said Milhaus VP of development Thomas Bost. “We paired this with '201', the last three digits of the Lawrenceville Zip Code, to represent the unique, modern, and local Lawrenceville style."

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