By Sam Spatter
Published: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
• Lesleh Precision Inc., which has grown to 32 full-time employees and plans to add 29 more, is purchasing a 32,706-square-foot building in the Rostraver Air Park, Rostraver Township. The company received approval for a $816,646 loan at 2.25 percent interest for 15 years from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority toward the cost of the $2 million project. The company is relocating from Washington County to Westmoreland County with the assistance of the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland County.
• Magnetic Lifting Technologies will build a 35,000-square-foot heavy industrial manufacturing facility in the Neshannock Business Park, Lawrence County. The $2 million project, which will result in 18 jobs, recently received a $700,000 low-interest Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan. Site work is expected to begin in the fall with a June 2014 opening.
• A request from the Pittsburgh Sports & Fitness Academy Inc. to use the vacant Grant Street School building property in Kennedy will be reviewed Wednesday by the Kennedy Township Zoning Hearing Board, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the township municipal building center, 340 Forest Grove Road.
• 2933 Mary St. LLC will seek approval on Thursday from the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment to use a three-story building at 2933 Mary St., South Side, for 19 residential units with 15 parking spaces. Also that day, AHI Development Inc. (Action-Housing) will seek approval to reduce the parking requirements to seven integral spaces for a new 26,300-square-foot, three-story multi-unit residential building at 2015 Fifth Ave., West Oakland; John Walter wants to use a structure at 4001 Lorigan St., Lawrenceville, as an artist studio with outdoor sculpture garden; and Carlysle Associates LP at 2715 Sarah St., South Side, is seeking approval to use the structure for a real estate office. Continuation of a hearing to expand a restaurant with a two-story addition at rear at 40 S. 22nd St., South Side, by Pittsburgh Rugby Association II LLC will also be heard.
• The West Allegheny School District will request approval from the Findlay Township Zoning Hearing Board on Monday for a 5,070-square-foot addition to Wilson School at 100 Bruno Lane, Imperial. The public hearing is at 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 1271 Route 30.
• William R. Clarkson Jr., president of Strategic Investment Fund, has relocated his office to suite 1025 in the Oliver Building, 535 Smithfield St., Downtown. He had been in the Regional Enterprise Tower.
• Destination XL Group Inc. has opened a second store in the Pittsburgh region, at 4801 McKnight Road, North Hills. The retailer offers men's apparel in size XL and up for bigger men. The first store was opened in Robinson Township in 2012.
• Former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy will help celebrate award winners at the Urban Land Institute's first annual “PlaceMaking Awards for Excellence” program, sponsored by PNC Real Estate and Point Park University, on Oct. 3, at the Fairmont Hotel, 510 Market St., Downtown. Awards will be given for Catalytic Place, Visual Place and Community Placemaking in Pittsburgh. Reservations are being accepted at ULI Pittsburgh offices, 412-370-8583.
• School of Rock, a performance-based music education facility, recently opened its first Pittsburgh location at 1171 Perry Highway Unit A in Pine. The school has seven lesson rooms and two rehearsal rooms. Alicia Pascazi is general manager, and the owner is DJ Blackrich.
• Pittsburgh advertising agency Beyond Spots & Dots has completed its office expansion onto a third floor in its Fifth Avenue building, Downtown.
• SAI Consulting Engineers Inc. will receive in October the ASHE Outstanding Highway Engineering Award from the American Society of Highway Engineers Pittsburgh Section for the design of State Route 2224-L02 and L05 (State Street and Edinburg Bridge Replacements) in Lawrence County.
— Sam Spatter
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