Real estate notes: New Meadows hotel to open in March, links to casino
• The 155-room Hyatt Place hotel, being constructed by Pittsburgh-based FFC Capital through its Meadows Hotel Associates subsidiary, is on track to open in March, the developer said recently. Christopher Dixon, FFC vice president of asset management, said a topping-off ceremony was held recently. The hotel will be connected from its fourth floor to the second floor of The Meadows (casino) through a skywalk expected to be installed after Thanksgiving, said Fred Branovan, president. Other features include 1,800 square feet of flexible meeting and conference space, a full-service bar, a Parlay bar which serves Sushi with an outdoor patio and fire pit, indoor swimming pool, 24-hour exercise room, plus the 24-hour Gallery restaurant in the lobby. A 100-space parking lot is in front of the building and a 150-car facility, under cover, on the second floor behind.
• Some of Downtown’s office buildings are filling up following the completion of 68,000 square feet of new, expanded and extended leases. The #4 Smithfield Street and 100 Ross St. buildings are more than 95 percent occupied, while the Law & Finance Building has increased its occupancy by 10 percent this year. The activity has been accomplished by JD&D Enterprises who owns and manages more than 300,000 square feet of Downtown buildings, along with Tim McCarthy, associate and Jeremy Kronman, executive vice president, both with CBRE. McCarthy said more than 25 leases and renewals have been negotiated so far in 2014.
• Sota Construction Services Inc. will seek the approval Thursday from the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment to build a three-story 23-unit residential building, owned by Pointe Vista Lofts LLC at 2139 Wharton St., South Side Flats. Synergy Capital Inc. will seek approval to build 25 three-story single-family attached dwellings, each with integral two-car garages, including a 5,035-square-foot parking area with four spaces and outdoor recreation area, at center of the Villas at Winter Park development on property owned by Timothy J. Sakmar on Pius and Gregory streets, South Side Slopes. Lot reconfigurations will be sought by Chan Real Estate LP at two sites. It wants to build two two-story single-family attached dwellings at 5409 Keystone St., Upper Lawrenceville, and at 4412 Plummer St., two three-story single-family attached dwellings while continuing use of an existing single-family dwelling at 152 45th St., all in Lawrenceville. Baum Blvd. Investors LP seeks to expand an office within an existing three-four-five story building at 5607 Baum Blvd., Friendship.
• Joseph Sherick, representing Gaudenzia Foundation Inc., will seek the approval Monday of the Wilkinsburg Borough Zoning Hearing Board on operating a Group Care facility at 501-03 and 505-07 South Ave. The public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m., second-floor Council Chambers, borough building, 605 Ross Ave.
• Daniel Robb of DSR Management LLC wants to consolidate three lots at 603 Rodi Road to allow expansion of an existing Moore Self Storage facility. The Planning Commission of Penn Hills will view the request starting at 7 p.m. Thursday in council chambers, municipal building, 12245 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills.
• Mall manager Lisa Earl reports new additions at Ross Park Mall include Eddie Bauer — set to open in late November on the upper level; Hallmark — an original retailer in the mall — returned in October; House of Hoops is in its newly remodeled location on the lower level; Champs Sports is in its newly remodeled location on the upper level; Primadonna — Italy’s high-fashioned shoes, handbags and accessories — will open in mid-November on the upper level; and Pittsburgh Popcorn also will open in mid-November.
• On the move: St. Brendan’s Crossing relocated from Station Square to Fifth Avenue Place, Downtown. LongHorn Steakhouse is at 377 Washington Road, near the Old Mill Shopping Center in Washington County. The 6,196-square-foot restaurant will seat 240 guests and is employing 80 to 100 with Heather Graytok as managing director. Dollar General has opened at 5800 Buttermilk Hollow Road in the Lincoln Place area of Pittsburgh. Gateway Rehab opened at Robinson Plaza Three, Suite 430, 6600 Steubenville Pike, Robinson, with an adult-only program. C. Harper Auto Group’s new Honda Showroom has opened on Route 51, north of Interstate 70, Belle Vernon, adjacent to the Ford and Kia showrooms. Daniel C. Baker Associates Inc., a Larson Design Group Co., has a new home at 300 S. Walnut Lane, Suite 202, Beaver, and with its second office in Cranberry, has 27 employees locally.
Sam Spatter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7843 or [email protected].