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Bakery Square

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http://post-gazette.com/pg/06276/726870-53.stm

Walnut Capital is tossing around an idea for the old Nabisco plant on Penn Ave. and the area around it. This would include residential, office, retail, and hotel space. There is to be a community design workshop tomorrow. See the above article for details.

This sounds like a nice idea. Even if it doesn't wind up being as extensive as they are envisioning, it sounds like the Nabisco building will be getting a new life. There is so much exciting stuff happening in that area. This is just a block or two from the Trader Joes.

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Its a great site with both an urban and suburban feel. The park across the street makes it extremely desireable. My one concern is the quality of the Penn Ave. They need to redo the entire road through east liberty. Is there absolutely no money for road repairs? I think the schools need to give a bit back.

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It lookes like plans are in the works to fix up Penn Avenue, they are just working out whether to redo the whole street or just sections of it.

What I agree on is that if there is only $4m to improve the road, the Lawrenceville to East Liberty section is a good place to use it. At least that section could help the 54C run on time and help city commuters move between the new hospitals, Downtown, and Oakland with less bottlenecks.

Every other part of the road needs to be completely gutted. Especially everything starting from the Parkway all the way out to 5th Ave... that should really be a priority because it could be used as a viable SHT alternative to get into the city rather than having the Mon Faye cut through everything. They're already working on the missing link sections of 28, it would really open up various new routes for commuters. That would really make the Bakery Square and that section of the city all the more viable, too.

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