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View of the Town Square at Sidney and South 28th streets with Cheesecake Factory and movie theater in background

SouthSide Works is an open-air retail, office, entertainment, and residential complex (often referred to as a lifestyle center) located on the South Side of the city of Pittsburgh and just across the Monongahela River from the Pittsburgh Technology Center and the University of Pittsburgh. The $300 million complex opened in stages between 2002 and 2004 and offers more than 34 acres (140,000 m2) of shops, offices, hotels and apartments, and has a new urbanist design. The retail alone will have over 300,000 square feet (30,000 m2) of space.

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Site history

The Quantum I office building at Sidney and Hot Metal streets in the SouthSide Works, currently occupied by UPMC

The complex sits on the site of the famous "Southside Works" Jones and Laughlin Steel Company plant that helped win two world wars and make the United States a great industrial power. With the advent of cheaper foreign steel starting in the late 1970s and accelerating in the 1980s the massive mill and factory complex was idled in the mid-1980s. For almost a decade the site was vacant until a city/county task force revitalized the area just south of downtown, and Pittsburgh-based Oxford Development Company and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center constructed the state-of-the-art and internationally acclaimed UPMC Sports Performance Complex on the most eastern boundary of the site. The National Football League Pittsburgh Steelers and the NCAA Division I University of Pittsburgh Panthers football teams both utilize the complex's cutting edge equipment and fields as their primary training facility. With some of the pillars of the region in the University, the NFL franchise and the major college sports teams all being active in the area, the city and county were able to build on that foundation to make the former industrial site attractive to retailers and office developers.

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Also, there is an 11-screen multiplex movie theater with over 1,700 stadium-style seats.

Apparel stores

Restaurants & bars

Further plans

A 38,000 sq ft (3,500 m2) fitness center is also being considered as well as the completion of close to 350,000 sq ft (33,000 m2) of 2nd and 3rd floor office space above the complex. A riverfront pavilion is also planned for hosting smaller concerts by touring groups as well as the local Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

A 200 room hotel and 150 unit condo are also planned for the site.

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Coordinates: 40°25′39″N 79°57′55″W / 40.4274°N 79.9652°W / 40.4274; -79.9652

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