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Real estate notes

| Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, 8:04 p.m.

• Ten companies have renewed leases since July 1 at the 1.5 million-square-foot Gateway Center complex, while five have relocated from other Downtown buildings, bringing occupancy to 87 percent, according to Colliers International/Pittsburgh. Newcomers are: in Four Gateway, Allied Insurance; in Two Gateway, Sedgwick Claims Management, Transystems Inc. and Grandbridge Capital; and in Three Gateway, PPLS LLC. Renewning leases are: One Gateway, Boston Medical; Two Gateway, Summa Group, Solvaire Inc., Dragonswoods Advisors Inc., Minto Law Group, Chicago Title; Three Gateway, Skyword Inc., Terrasim, Suntrust; Four Gateway, Parsons Brinckerhoff. Handling leasing were Paul Horan, founding principal, and Edward R. Lawrence III, vice president.

• Schlumberger Ltd. and Cimation Group, both from Houston and both in the energy service business, along with MarkWest Energy Parnters LP have leased office space in Washington County, Collier International/Pittsburgh said.

• Pittsburgh Fire Fighters Local One received two approvals to help finance a $900,000 renovation of its headquarters, 120 Flowers Ave., Hazelwood. A grant of up to $200,000 from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and a loan of up to $250,000 from the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority were approved. The building, formerly the Hungarian Social Hall, will also be used by nonprofit groups and for after-school tutoring programs for up to 40 students in grades 2 through 5.

• Jason Roth wants to expand a restaurant at 1766 Ballinger St., Brookline. He will seek a special exception from the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday. E Squared Construction wants to expand a restaurant and banquet room in a three-story building at 710 N. Homewood Ave., Homewood. RCH Pittsburgh LLC wants to use space for a social club with banquet facilities on Sassafras Street, Polish Hill. Desmone and Associates wants to use 3440-62 Butler St. for a 26-space parking lot. PFEX Inc. wants to use a two-story structure at 444 Miltenberger St. in the Bluff area for an office.

• GAI Consultants Inc. is the winner of a 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania Annual Commonwealth Award for the Oakland/Carnegie Mellon University Pedestrian Safety and Mobility Study project. It won the 2012 Community Transportation Excellence Award. GAI, an 850-person, employee-owned engineering and environmental consulting firm, is based at The Waterfront in Homestead.

• The University of Pittsburgh is mapping out a move of the University Press to the University Library System Archives building on Thomas Boulevard in Point Breeze. University Press received a five-year grant from the A.W. Mellon Foundation that will increase the number of new books it issues annually from 45 to 50 up to 70 to 75, said Cynthia Miller, director. University Press outsources all printing, so the move involves only offices and a file room.

• A.W. McNabb is removing asbestos from nine structures on 1.6 acres at Depot and Jefferson streets, Latrobe, then will demolish them under a $93,850 contract with the Redevelopment Authority of Westmoreland County. The site is part of the Westmoreland County Community College Laurel Education Center. The college plans to complete the 30,000-square-foot center for the 2014-15 academic year.

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

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