Real Estate Notes

| Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011

• The seven-story building at 907 Penn Ave., Downtown, will be converted into 18 residential lofts for sale by Todd Palcic, principal with Penn Avenue Renaissance. It is Palcic's third building Downtown, joining L'Enfant Lofts at 806 Penn, which is under construction, and One 5th Ave., opening in May. Plans are to sell the bottom floors to Mark's Grille, which could open by Dec. 31. Because the building has high ceilings in most of the higher floors, Palcic said there is great potential for wonderful views after he opens up the walls and adds terraces. His plans follow his concept of "turning sad places into cool spaces" and bringing open contemporary urban design to former office buildings.

• The strategy for turning the Washington County airport into a world-class general aviation airport includes plans to develop land near it into a 400- to 600-acre business park, Skypointe. The plan includes purchasing land north of the airport for the park with aviation-related facilities adjacent to the airport, said Bill McGowen, executive director of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington. The authority is responsible for operations and maintenance of the airport. The authority hopes to attract businesses such as maintenance, repairs, avionics, paint shops and fractional ownership fleets to the site adjacent the airport while the business park will be open to all businesses.

• The 192 Thirty-Eighth Street Land Trust will ask the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday to approve a special exception at 3719-21 Butler St., Lawrenceville, for a four-story, multi-use building with first-floor commercial and multi-unit residential above. Potter's House Ministries Inc. will ask to use a three-story former convent at 430 Cathedral St. as a residential facility for up to 17 women. Karen Loysen will request to use a three-story building at 1406-10 Monterey St. as a cultural service with two residential units and accessory uses including a cafe and bookstore. Rocco and Vincenza DiDomenico will ask for minimum lot size and yard setbacks at 430 and 434 Shady Ave., Shadyside, for a four-story, 28-unit apartment.

• Construction has started on the $10.2 million, 84-room Hampton Inn & Suites in California Technology Park, California, Pa. It's being developed by California Hotel Associates with borough of California, California University of Pennsylvania, Washington County commissioners and the county Redevelopment Authority. The 50,000-square-foot hotel will have banquet space and an adjacent restaurant. A fall 2012 opening is planned.

• The Grandview apartment building at Longwood at Oakmont senior residential life care community has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification. The five-story, 89-unit building opened in October 2010. The building's exterior and landscaped areas were designed to reduce soil erosion and light pollution, control storm water run-off and reduce the need for lawn sprinklers by planting native species. Longwood is an affiliate of Presbyterian SeniorCare.

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• Northwood Realty Services hired sales agents Ian Hoover and Charley Burgunder , Airport; Peggy Rose , Beaver; Kimberly Davis and Monica Hoover , Blairsville; Wesley Cross , Gaye Mack , Ryan McClellan and Dennis Slye , Butler; Jamie Santore , California; Jackie Anderson and Susan Austin , Cranberry; Ronda Buncie , Greensburg; James Beran , Hampton; Virginia Smiley , Indiana; Nancy and Walter Kimmick and Pamela Jones , Latrobe; Brittany Davis , Monroeville; Jordie Massaro , New Castle; Bill Hospoder , Melissa Kennedy , Trudy Daniels and Heather Province , North Hills; Brianna Fogle and Kenneth Mandrier , Pleasant Hills; Tamara Mals , Peters Township; Eric Fredrickson , Erin Roos and Maria Malkin , Sarver; Wendy Kelly , Nicholas Judson and Kristie Martin , Somerset; Jeffrey Krasnow , Squirrel Hill; Cristine McDonough , Uniontown; Janet Caputo and Carri Czyzewski , Upper St. Clair; Robert Umstead , Washington, and Matthew Linderman , Waynesburg.

• Howard Hanna Real Estate hired Mark Twentier at the Butler office.


A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania:

PRICE: $1 million

Property sold: 4100 Grandview Ave., Richland

Seller: Westwall Associates, Pittsburgh

Buyer: FifthThird Bank, Cincinnati

Details: Vacant land, zoned commercial

Comment: "This is part of our expansion program in the Pittsburgh region, where we will build a new bank branch office," said Jill M. Sandilla, Fifth Third senior vice president-retail.

PRICE: $650,000

Property sold: 907 Penn Ave., Downtown

Seller: Regional Industrial Development Corp. of Southwestern Pa.

Buyer: Penn Avenue Renaissance 3 LP, Pittsburgh

Details: Seven-story office building with plans to sell Mark's Grille space on bottom floors

Comment: "This is the third building we have purchased on Penn Avenue with plans to sell 18 residential lofts starting in 2012 and early 2013," said Todd Palcic, principal, Penn Avenue Renaissance.

PRICE: $400,000

Property sold: 819 Liberty Ave., Downtown

Seller: Martin Berger, Pittsburgh

Buyer: Yuriy Bekman, Pittsburgh

Details: Seven-story building

Comment: "I have my second Downtown Yuriy's jewelry store there and hope, with the city's help, to develop the upper floors with one possibly being residential," said Yuriy Bekman.


Recent home and condominium sales that brought top prices in Western Pennsylvania.

PRICE: $1.05 million

Property: Squirrel Hill

Seller: JWW Trust

Buyer: Anand R. Kumar and Candace L. Wilson

Details: Tudor, center staircase, fish pond, four-car carriage house, on hill overlooking Beechwood Blvd.

Comment: "They loved that this house, built in 1907, has many features, such as the wood work and stained glass windows in their original shape," said Harvey F. Wimmer, listing and selling agent with Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

PRICE: $815,000

Property: Mt. Lebanon

Seller: David and Janet Wannstedt

Buyer: Bruce and Cathy Niemeyer

Details: Colonial, gameroom with pool table, custom oak bar with French doors to covered patio

Comments: "The buyers, moving here from Texas, loved the location of this newer house and that it was on a cul-de-sac," said Michele Belice, Howard Hanna Real Estate.

PRICE: $545,000

Property: Shadyside

Seller: Mary Grace and Michael A. Burke

Buyer: Bernard and Karen McCloskey

Details: Victorian with large rooms, new roof, two-car tandem garage, flat backyard with trees

Comments: "The buyers liked the location, the abundance of woodwork in the home and that the layout of the house reminded the buyer of his family home," said Pai M. Colucci, Re/Max Realty Brokers.

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