Real estate notes: Katie’s Kandy spreads Downtown
• Katie’s Kandy has opened its first Downtown location, at Fifth Avenue Place, and a second location, at 422 Wood St. Owner Jon Weston said he is considering a third location, perhaps in the Grant Street area near the BNYMellon building. A store is in Oakland, and future stores could be located in the Strip District and South Side, he said. The stores offer 400 to 1,000 bulk candies plus Sixlets, Zero bars, Clark bars, and chocolate and peanut butter buckeyes. A warehouse is in Homestead. Ben Brown of Beynon & Associates worked with Weston on all three locations and will work on future stores.
• Yuriy Bekman will seek Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment approval Thursday for a special exception to the zoning to place a pawn shop at 1611 Penn Ave. in the Strip District. In Squirrel Hill South, at 4638 Browns Hill Road, April Showers of Pittsburgh wants to use 2,880 square feet of an existing structure as laundry service for dry cleaning. The property owner is Browns Hill Venture LP. Two applications for lot configurations to permit construction of two three-story single-family attached houses with integral garages are being sought. One is at 5841 Phillips Ave., Squirrel Hill, by Marvista Real Estate Transfer, and the other is from Jerry M. Casale Jr., at 174 43th St., Lawrenceville, property owned by Henry and Louis Marcyjanik.
• Aesynt, a pharmacy automation solutions company formerly known as McKesson Automation, has renewed a 104,000-square-foot lease at RIDC’s Pennwood development in Cranberry and subleased 28,000 square feet at Cranberry Woods in Cranberry. Gerard McLaughlin and Thomas MacDonald, both of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, handled the leases. McLaughlin, with Jeffrey Schultz, also handled the 94,000-square-foot lease renewal and expansion of Acuerdo at Keystone Property Group’s complex in the North Hills and the 26,000-square-foot lease by Fox Rothchild at BNYMellon’s Downtown office building.
• The $15 million renovation of the 399-room Sheraton Pittsburgh at Station Square has been completed. Each room was upgraded with new furniture, wall-covering, carpeting and in-room guest safes. The lobby has been redesigned to include new carpet, wall covering, lighting and furniture upgrades. Trackside Restaurant in the hotel has received a new look, while the Sheraton Club Lounge offers Sheraton Club guests complimentary breakfast, beverages and evening hors d’oeuvres. More than 30,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space has a new wall and ceiling, carpet and lighting. Pyramid Hotel Group manages the hotel, owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
• The second phase of Westmoreland Airpark has opened, providing 52 salable acres of the 210-acre site in Unity. Lot sizes range from 3 to 8 acres. The first phase, which includes 105 acres and 18 subdivided lots, is 81 percent occupied. The addition will add 10 parcels and include an additional entrance to Route 981, and it offers an eight-year tax abatement for qualifying businesses. The expansion is funded with a state $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant, a $1 million loan from Westmoreland County and a $350,000 low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. The state funds were combined with a match of local funds from the county. Owner of the park is the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp.
• Baldwin Township commissioners will hold a hearing Wednesday to receive public comments and could consider voting on an application from Thomas & Karen Klingalion for zoning approval to permit a motor vehicle sales agency along with an auto detailing business at 3025 Sussex Ave. The hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the township’s municipal building, 10 Community Park Drive.
• The expansion of the Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health in the Strip District, which already has received a $200,000 grant from the Community Infrastructure & Tourism Fund, will receive a matching $31,500 forgivable Streetface loan from the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The funds will be used for a complete building facade renovation. Midwife Center plans to construct a $2.5 million, three-story commercial building on an adjacent vacant lot at 2829-31 Mulberry Way to expand its operations. Christine Haas, executive director, said the center, which serves more than 400 births per year, will be able to handle more than 500 per year when the building is completed. An early 2015 construction start is planned.
Sam Spatter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7843 or [email protected].