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By Sam Spatter
Friday, May 23, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

A developer purchased property for a project that could include apartments, retail stores and perhaps a hotel on a 1.5-acre block in South Oakland.

Oakland Gateway Ventures hasn't made public its intent for the 12 properties acquired in an area bounded by Bates Street, Boulevard of the Allies, Coltart and Zulema streets. Parking apparently would be underground.

Developer Bill Kane and Robert Dauer, an attorney with Downtown-based Meyer Unkovic & Scott, scheduled a public meeting with residents of the neighborhood for 6 p.m. May 29 in the Peoples Building at 3433 Bates St., said Wanda Wilson, executive director of Oakland Planning and Development.

“Besides the 12 properties the developer has purchased, we are working with the city to acquire some city-owned properties,” said William Bannow of Point View Properties, who is assisting Kane and Dauer.

Bannow said Oakland Gateway Ventures is considering one- and two-bedroom apartments for university students or medical personnel from nearby hospitals. A hotel could be part of the mix, he said.

“We look forward to receiving input on the site from the neighborhood,” said Kane, who declined further comment.

Dauer said the partnership hasn't decided what to do with the properties because it first wants to hear from people.

Kane, who arrived in Pittsburgh from Charlotte, worked with Zambrano Corp. to develop residential units at the former Highland Building in East Liberty, but the project died when Zambrano declared bankruptcy. Since then, Walnut Capital converted the building into apartments, which are fully leased.

Sam Spatter is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at412-320-7843 or sspatter@tribweb.com. Staff writer Tom Fontaine contributed to this report.

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