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On the 'Watch List': High-tech living

| Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
A computer rendering of the rooftop infinity swimming pool, tennis court and running track envisioned for the new apartment complex in the former Kaufmann's department store building in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Desmone Architects
A computer rendering of the rooftop infinity swimming pool, tennis court and running track envisioned for the new apartment complex in the former Kaufmann's department store building in Downtown Pittsburgh.

An iconic Pittsburgh department-store building's $100 million-plus redevelopment as Kaufmann's Grand promises a hotel, retail space and 311 luxury apartments where voice commands will control heat, air conditioning, window shades, coffee pots and more. Downtown apartment-hunters should ask what happens to all those high-tech gizmos if the power goes out, they break or they're hacked. There's something to be said for a window shade that doesn't require an IT professional to fix.

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