Real estate notes

| Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, 9:02 p.m.

• The $2.5 million public portion of an $8 million renovation of Presbyterian SeniorCare's Westminster Place in Oakmont is open, although the job won't be finished until summer, said Ellen Gamble, senior director of communications. The project is part of the agency's Better Place Campaign. The entry into separate wings of the building will have a gathering area that will serve as a front porch. It will provide seating, reading area, computer console, hospitality desk for staff, all adjacent to a common area. The common area will serve for resident group meals, a kitchenette for snacks and a teaching area for group activity. The chapel, now used only for religious purposes, will be used for activities such as wellness classes and performances.

• Heartland Homes Inc. will seek approval on Thursday from the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment for seven three-story single-family attached dwellings with two-car garages at S. 27th St. and Larkins Way, South Side. Also, 751 N. Negley Associates LP for prospective owner Mt. Ararat Baptist Church wants to use a three-story structure at 745 N. Negley Ave., East Liberty, as a community center. David C. Cromie, for prospective owners George and Faye Evans, wants to use a one-story structure at 4806 Harrison St., Lawrenceville, as a single-family unit and art studio.

• The annual member business exposition, presented by Consol Energy, will be held on Thursday at Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the Washington County Chamber of Commerce said. The event will include booths, music, tasting carving stations, food and an assortment of holiday deserts. Range Resources is entertainment sponsor. Reservations end Monday and can be made through Debbie Sims at 724-225-3010 or Cost is $25 for chamber members, $40 for non-members.

• Some of the top office lease transactions during the third quarter were: Urish Popeck & Co. renewing an 18,137-square-foot lease at Three Gateway Center; Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania and RBS Citizens Bank renewing a 141,000-square-foot lease at Three Mellon Center, and Harsco Metals America leasing 16,987 square feet at One Adams Place in Butler County. Grant Street Associates Inc. represented the landlord in all these leases.

• The Redevelopment Authority of Washington County and the Washington Board of Commissioners on Tuesday will receive a Homegrown Pa. Award for supporting affordable housing under its Accessible Homebuyer Assistance Program in 2011. The award will be presented at the PNC Housing Heroes presentation during the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania's Homes within Reach Conference.

• The 2012 Housing Excellence Awards will be announced on Friday at the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh annual holiday dinner dance, at the Fairmont Hotel, Downtown. Participation is restricted to builders, remodelers and developers who are members. Entries must be current model or speculative houses, or have been built and completed in 2011-12.

• The late Mark C. Schneider will be honored at the 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania 2012 Commonwealth Awards on Wednesday at Point Park University's Lawrence Hall, 201 Wood St., Downtown. Keynote speaker is Richard J. Jackson, co-author of the book and host/narrator of the TV series, “Designing Healthy Communities.”

• Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens was awarded a bronze level of honor at ceremonies in London in the 2012 International Green Awards. Phipps won the award in the Most Sustainable NGO category.

Sam Spatter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7843 or

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