Landmarks Commission approves Block 100 project

Developers will not demolish historic buildings
Landmarks Commission approves Block 100 project

The Landmarks Commission unanimously approved new plans to give the 100 Block of State Street a new face Monday night.

It’s the first time the commission discussed the project since January.

Original plans included demolishing the Shubert and Stark buildings on West Mifflin Street. The commission would not agree to this because of the buildings’ historic statuses.

The commission approved some updates to the exteriors of those buildings in the new plans.

Developers said the commission approved their designs because they will not knock down the buildings, and they also eliminated plans to put a garden on Mifflin Street.

“This was an important move tonight to have the commission issue the two certificates of appropriateness for the Castle and Doyle, and Schubert buildings and advise the Plan and Urban Design Commission that nothing about the project was visually intrusive to either of the landmark buildings,” said George Austin, project manager of the Block 100 Foundation.

The project will go to the Urban Design and Plan Commissions in July.

If it’s approved, developers hope to have the first building open by spring 2014.