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Central Northside News – January 2009

Barron Commercial Real Estate Eyes 2 E. North

On December 15th, CNNC received a letter from Bill Barron, owner of Lawrenceville-based Barron Commercial Real Estate. In his letter Mr. Barron expressed interest in acquiring and redeveloping 2 E. North Avenue situated on the northeast corner of Federal and North. Many know this property as the former Park View Café. Most recently, Franco Harris had pursued this property for a restaurant, but those plans never came to fruition and Mr. Harris is no longer intent on acquiring the property. Mr. Barron’s desire is to acquire the property and restore the original storefront façade to accommodate a retail tenant. He is working with another Lawrenceville-based business, Crazy Mocha Coffee Company, to expand their local presence to this Central Northside location.

Mr. Barron has a successful track record of urban, neighborhood redevelopment. He has been instrumental in the revitalization of Lawrenceville, having renovated eight properties on Butler Street and four properties on Penn Avenue. He has served on the City of Pittsburgh’s Historic Review Commission and on the board of the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh, including 2 years as its President. Mr. Barron plans to present his project at CNNC’s January 12th General Membership meeting.

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