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By Sam Spatter
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

• Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree will celebrate completion of its $20 million renovation with the hotel's grand reopening event on Thursday. The work included the hotel's 460 guestrooms, including 11 new suites, and more than 40,000 square feet of event space including the new 10,000-square-foot Starzl Grand Ballroom, the Oakmont Junior Ballroom and three new restaurant and lounge outlets. The hotel features Champions Club Lounge, a sports bar with several flat-screen TVs, and casual living room seating. The Bistro & Marketplace features light fare and coffee, and Season Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center with a heated indoor-outdoor pool and a 24-hour business center. Owned by RIDA Development Corp. of Houston, Tex., the hotel is managed by Pittsburgh-based CAM Hospitality Management.

• Manjunatha Sherigar will seek the Monroeville Planning Commission's approval at a public hearing on Wednesday for a four-story, 42-room hotel with 27,383 square feet, including site amenities, to be built on a 2.5-acre site at 4120 Old William Penn Highway. The Commission also will hold a public hearing on a request from B-22 Partners LP Day Ford to construct two additions, containing 7,605 square feet of new service department and new underground storm water retention facilities at the Ford dealership, 3696 William Penn Highway. The hearings will start at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 2700 Monroeville Blvd., Monroeville.

• A proposal to use a structure at 46 Noblestown Road, Collier, as an office will be sought Tuesday by Daniel Pituch of Presto before the Zoning Hearing Board of Collier Township. The structure had been used as a bar/restaurant/hotel. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 2428 Hilltop Road.

• Carnegie Mellon University on Thursday will seek Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment approval for a University Center addition that is not consistent with an approved Institution Master Plan for the campus. The site is at 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. The board also will be asked to approve proposed projecting signs of 164 square feet on both sides of the former Pittsburgh Federal Reserve Bank building at 715-17 Grant St., Downtown, for Drury Inn & Suites, while JTB Sign Service seeks approval for a 7-foot-3-inch by 11-foot-8-inch ground sign with a 2-foot-5-inch by 7-foot-3-inch LED section for Shop 'n Save at 1850 Centre Ave., Hill District. Paul M. Carmody will seek approval to renovate an existing building at 885 Progress St., North Shore, into a multi-unit residential structure with nine units on the upper floors and retaining commercial space on the first floor.

• AWK Engineers Inc. will seek the approval of the Penn Hills Planning Commission on Thursday for its request to construct two office buildings at its complex, in the vicinity of 450 Thompson Run Road, where it also wants to build a light industrial park. The public hearing begins at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 12245 Frankstown Road.

• Construction has been completed on the 131-unit Gateway at Summerset apartment in the Summerset at Frick Park complex in Squirrel Hill. As portions of the building were made available during construction, tenants were able to move in, and the building is now 75 percent occupied or leased. Available are one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with rentals ranging from $1,275 to $2,025 a month

• A mid-November construction start is scheduled for the Hyatt House hotel at the former Don Allen Auto City site, at 5315 Baum Blvd., Bloomfield. Continental Building Systems will build the five-story, 105,000-square-foot structure containing 128 guest rooms, being developed by Concord Hospitality Enterprises Co. of Raleigh, N.C., whose partners are Keith McGraw of Sewickley and Mark Laporte of Raleigh.

• Fairmont Pittsburgh has been named a winner of Conde Nash Traveler's 2013 Readers' Choice Awards, which highlights the best hotels and resorts around the world as voted by magazine readers. Fairmont is the lone Pittsburgh hotel to make the list, earning the No. 10 spot among the Top 10 Mid-Atlantic hotels.

• Astorino, a full-service firm providing architectural, engineering, interior design and construction services, recently won the award of excellence-architectural detail/craftsmanship from the American Institute of Architects Pittsburgh for the design of St. Thomas A' Becket Church – east wall.

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

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