PITTSBURG — Work continues on the Block 22 project, with infrastructure being the main focus.
The bulk of the Block 22 project to date has revolved around infrastructure. Since work began in March, contractors have focused on demolition, rebuilding and structural improvements. Roof replacements, framing and masonry have consumed much of the time.
Vecino Group President of Public Private Partnerships Mat Burton said Thursday that parts of the rebuilding are finishing up, while others are just beginning.
“Right now we are still in the process of framing out the residential areas in the top floors,” Burton said. “We’re also finishing up plumbing and electric in different stages depending on the building.”
Workers are gearing up to start all new construction behind the Opera House Hotel — closest to Harry’s Cafe. The back side of the building was only one story, while the front rose three stories high. The back half has been demolished, and Vecino plans to build back bigger and better.
“We will be building the back side of the Opera House up the full three stories,” Burton said. “And we will be connecting it at the back to the National Bank building.”
Right now, crews are prepping the back side for new construction to begin. Burton said much of the work going forward may go unnoticed, but the new construction will be visible.
“A lot of the work as we continue will be inside finishing apartments and people won’t see that,” he said. “What they will see is new masonry work, and new construction in a couple weeks.”
The nearly $15 million project is being made possible through a partnership with PSU, the City of Pittsburg and Vecino Group. PSU will contribute $1 million to the project, with a $1.5 million contribution coming from the city. Vecino Group is the general contractor for the project.
Once work is complete, in August 2018, the buildings will have 105 student housing units aimed at upperclassmen and graduate students, commercial and education space, and an area for The Pittsburg State University Center for Innovation and Business Development.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.