Real estate notes
• A $600,000 pipeline improvement project by Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Inc. will be under way in June involving about 60 customers in Armstrong and Butler counties. Columbia Gas will replace more than 6,500 feet of existing steel pipe on State Route 268 (Kittanning Pike and Washington Street), which run through both counties. Additional pipe will be replaced on North Division Street in Parker, Armstrong County, and on Parker Pike in Parker, Butler County. The company also will install an automated meter reading device on customers' meters.
• Derek Buruell will seek approval on Thursday from the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment to use property at 216 38th St. and 3718-20 Butler St., Lawrenceville, for a restaurant with liquor license and live entertainment, plus have an off-site dumpster at 216 38th St. Bradley Yoder wants to add a patio on the side of an existing restaurant with liquor license at 321 Bigham St., Mt. Washington. Phipps Conservatory wants to place a 40-foot wind turbine to the existing Botanical Gardens at 1 Schenley Drive, Squirrel Hill. Emmet Miles and Curtis Brown Sr. will continue their hearing from March 24 on their request for use of a one- and three-story building at 8002-04 Frankstown Ave., Homewood, for a private club with liquor license.
• The Sharp Edge Restaurant has opened a "Loft," a 1,000-square-foot meeting and banquet room, located on the mezzanine of the Bistro at 922 Penn Ave., Downtown. Jeff Walewski, Sharp Edge owner, said the Loft cost more than $200,000 to construct. The facility offers room for small dinners and meetings, as well as private parties.
• Rodney Piatt, CEO of Horizon Properties Group in Washington County, has been awarded with Choice Hotels International's "Developer of the Year" award. Piatt's company developed the first two hotels with the Cambria Suites brand in Pennsylvania -- one at the Consol Energy Center, Downtown, and the all-suites Cambria Suites property on Racetrack Road, Washington County. The award was given during the annual convention of Choice Hotels International Inc., held in Boston in May.
• John Kosar, principal and chairman emeritus at Burt Hill, a Stantec Company, received the 2011 Service to Humanity Awards at the March of Dimes' first annual Transporation, Building and Construction Awards luncheon on Tuesday in the Westin Convention Center Hotel, Downtown. The University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering Benedum Hall Transformation received the 2011 Project of the Year Award.
• NAI Pittsburgh Commercial has been named exclusive leasing agent for Gateway Center's Buildings One, Two, Three and Four by its owner, Hertz fInvestment Group LL. The complex in Downtown Pittsburgh, consists of 1.5 million square feet of primarily office space.
• Zack Byrnes and Robyn Hassinger, an engaged couple looking to buy a house in Butler County, won a $10,000 prize in the Prudential Preferred Realty's Pittsburgh Race for The Home, a mobile treasure hunt. The money can be used for a down payment sponsored by Weaver Master Builders.
• A proposal by the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park, an agent for Schoolhouse Finance LLC, to erect two temporary modular classroom structures for the existing elementary school at 829 Milton St., Point Breeze, will be reviewed by Pittsburgh City Council at a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers, fifth floor, City-County Building, Grant Street, Downtown.
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• Howard Hanna Real Estate Services hired these sales agents: Andrea Clarkson and Tim McCarthy , Green Tree; Kristine Pisarcik , Adona Kane and William Shrum , Mt. Lebanon; Ashley Baker and Sandra Clem , Sewickley; James Popeck , Zach Wright , Amy Davis , Jayne Lemon and Susanne Gulasky , Peters; Michael Jordan and Shawna Honick , South Hills; Jennifer Griffin , Washington; Lori Colangelo , Robert Williams , Rodney Milanovich , Jean DiMarco , Stephanie Tourney , Brian O'Neal , Jessica Farinelli , John Sawinski and Judy Plakosh , Beaver; Joyce Sanner , Joe Trozzom Michael Long and John Clites ; Mid Mon Valley.
• Northwood Realty Services hired these sales agents: Bonnie Kosiorek , Cranberry; Shelly Myers and James Philips , Greensburg; Rebecca Price , Hampton; Terry Berchtold and Norm Swiger , Hermitage; Justin Long , Kittanning; Ashley Iwaniec , Latrobe; Sylvia Schafer , Murrysville; Maximilian Schoedel , Peters; Leigh Ann Letta , Squirrel Hill; Tesha Olbert , Somerset; Joseph Koval , Washington; and Traci Catalano , Amie Jo Grinnen and Fred Solman , Zelienople.
DEALS OF THE WEEK
A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania:
Price: $2.3 million
Property: 4714 McKnight Road, Ross
Seller: Richard and Barbara Longwill and Roth Ltd. Partnership
Buyer: LRC Development Co., Akron, Ohio
Details: Former Roth Carpet building, contains a 28,160-square-foot retail building with about 40 parking spaces.
Comment: "The purchase was for investment purposes and will be a new location for AutoZone," said Gary Wilson, principal of Langholz Wilson Ellis who represented the sellers. Rick Dimidjian, president, Aegis Realty Partners represented LRC.
Price: $1.37 million
Property: 4185 William Penn Highway, Monroeville
Seller: Lori E. McMaster, executor, Estate Emily M. Moroney
Buyer: Fifth Third Bank, Pittsburgh
Details: Former King's Motel complex
Comment: "We purchased the motel and tourist cabin and plan to demolish them and build a bank branch there," said Jill Sandilla, Fifth Third senior vice president, retail executive.
Property sold: 7663 Saltsburg Road, Plum
Seller: Margaret B. Knee
Buyer: Seven 7663 Saltsburg Road LLC
Details: Location of the Maurice Knee Funeral Home on 2.31 acres
Comment: "We purchased the funeral home directly from the owner and plan to continue the operation," said Daniel Wright, who with Patricia F. Knee acquired the property.
Recent home and condominium sales that brought top prices in Western Pennsylvania.
Price: $1.3 million
Property: Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh
Seller: Andrew and Molly Tomasi
Buyer: William Cook
Details: An 85-year-old Tudor-style house, high ceilings, has an office, and a stone entertaining patio with built-in bar.
Comment: "Buyer really liked how the house has been renovated by the owner, a professional designer, and liked the outdoor patio in back with grill," said Amy Bair of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.
Seller: Brad and Carol Akers
Buyer: Ron Weaver
Details: Provincial-style home with custom woodwork, two-story great room with floor-to-ceiling windows, fully finished basement with sauna, bar area with kitchen, media room and entertainment area.
Comment: "The buyers loved the location and its amenities in one of the exclusive residential developments in Cranberry," said Pieere Khoury who with his partner, Gia Albowouski, are with Prudential Preferred Realty.
Property: Strip District, Pittsburgh
Seller: Solara Ventures IV, LLC
Buyer: Martin N. Wijkstrom
Details: Condominium is part of the Otto Milk Condominium complex, with high ceilings and space for a pet.
Comment: "The buyer, from Sweden, liked the location and being in the Strip District, which suited his busy lifestyle," said Kathy Wallace, Re/Max Select Realty.