Development could soon be booming in West End
Pittsburgh’s building boom, centered for years on Downtown and East End neighborhoods, is spreading into the West End.
Developers are focusing on Banksville Road where nearly $3 million is being spent to build a hotel, an office building and an expansion of offices for an engineering firm.
“The city of Pittsburgh overall is doing well in terms of development,” said City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, who represents West End communities. “Banksville has good access to Downtown, the Parkway (West), the airport and suburbs.”
A Comfort Inn and Suites is going up near a Days Inn along lower Banksville Road. The $2.7 million project includes a four-story hotel building with 69 rooms and 64 parking spaces, according to Pittsburgh Planning Commission records.
Gokul Inc. of Upper St. Clair is the developer, according to records.
Owner Nick Patel could not be reached for comment.
Farther up Banksville Road, Pervez Chatha is expanding a former Delux Paint store building he owns with a second-floor addition that will house offices.
Chatha, owner of USMA United Enterprises of Banksville said, he is hoping to lure a restaurant to the first floor.
The addition and building improvements total $219,000, he said.
“When we bought the building the building was in a bad shape,” he said. “The whole thing had to be gutted to do anything.”
Chatha said he’s planning a second phase of construction that could bring a grocery store next door.
“We’re still waiting on permits,” he said.
Kail-Smith said Liadis Engineering and Surveying Inc. is expanding its office space at 3100 Banksville.
Planning records say Liadis is building a one-story addition and seven parking spaces. Owner Steve Liadis could not be reached.
“I think people are realizing that (West End communities) is a perfect location,” Smith said.
Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or [email protected].