By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The old Garden Theater on the North Side is once again shining bright.

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Wednesday night was “Light Up Night” for the old theater.

The lighting of the marquee marked the groundbreaking for a project that has been decades in the making.

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Q and Trek Development will build apartment units as well as retail spaces at the corner of North Avenue and Federal Street.

It was a landmark day for a site and a project that has stopped and started many times – going all the way back to when Tom Murphy was the mayor of Pittsburgh.

“There’s a long history of this,” Murphy said. “When we see this beautiful building going up, remember that history, we’re replacing a place that all the kids in Pittsburgh were told not to go, with something much greater.”

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The new homes and businesses at The Garden Theater should be ready for move-in by about this time next year.