Vacant building in Pittsburgh may become hotel

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 111-year-old former office building in downtown Pittsburgh may be getting a new life as an upscale hotel.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says ( a developer is working with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants to convert the former Pittsburgh headquarters of the Reed Smith law firm into an upscale hotel, perhaps with as many as 250 rooms.

The developer, Philadelphia-based PMC Property Group, bought the James Reed Building for $5.5 million in a bankruptcy sale last September. The Beaux-Arts building has been vacant since the law firm moved in 2009.

The Post-Gazette says the Kimpton upscale boutique hotel and restaurant chain has been interested in the site for at least two years. It would be the chain’s first in the Pittsburgh region.

Kimpton has more than 50 hotels in 24 cities nationwide.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

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