Real estate notes: Weber Wood Medinger opening office Downtown
• Cleveland-based Weber Wood Medinger/CORFAC International has opened a Pittsburgh office Downtown with Kevin J. Riley as the primary point-of-contact for its Western and Central Pennsylvania operations. WWM will serve in a brokerage and corporate services capacity specializing in office and industrial leasing and sales, primarily representing tenants in the market and corporate headquarters. Riley is working with Penn Cove Management on the redevelopment of an 18,000-square-foot retail/office building in Mt. Lebanon and the 44-acre Cool Springs Golf and Sports Complex in Bethel Park.
• The City of Pittsburgh will seek the approval Thursday of the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment to use 50 parking spaces at 7050 Hamilton Ave., Homewood, as an accessory to the existing swimming pool and Homewood Library. Also that day, Robert and Cindy A. Dagostino will ask approval of plans to use 19 parking spaces at 600 Mifflin Rd., as a parking accessory to an existing three-story structure. John and Janice Kemp want approval for a new four-story multi-unit residential structure of 12 units at 3415-17 Butler St., Lawrenceville, and for 4,304 square feet of the first floor to remain vacant for commercial use along with integral parking spaces. Plans for use of 3,500 square feet of the first floor of an existing seven-story structure at 2600 E. Carson St., South Side, will be sought by 2600 Southside Sarah Associates LP while Stephen Hankin and Janice Kelly want to add 700 square feet as a second story addition to an existing one story structure at 408 Lloyd St. Squirrel Hill, as an art studio. Hefren-Tillotson Inc. wants to mount a 79-square-foot wall mounted sign on its building at 308 7th Ave., Downtown.
• As part of the University of Pittsburgh's 12-year Facilities Plan, announced in 2007, contracts are being awarded for work on improving the Clapp, Langley, Crawford complex. These interconnected buildings, plus the Life Science annex, are expected to have full interior renovation with the replacement of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and telecommunication systems while the exteriors will receive masonry repointing, cleaning, parapet reconstruction, stone replacement, roof system replacement, exterior door and window replacement. Clapp Hall is a six-story building that house primarily biological sciences; Langley has both bioscience and the 77,000-volume Langley library; and Crawford has neuroscience.
• Pittsburgh-based Echo Realty LP is planning to develop an 82,000-square-foot retail and office complex in Hyattsville, Prince George's County, Md. It purchased a 3.5-acre site at the northeast corner of East-West Highway (Rt. 410) and American Blvd., at University Town Center. A lease with Safeway has been executed for a 55,000-square-foot supermarket, and leases are out for signatures for half of the remaining space, Echo said. Plans call for nearly 500 parking spaces with 75 spaces at ground level and 225 spaces atop Safeway's building. Site work is tenatatively scheduled during the second quarter and the entire development will open for business in the third quarter 2015.
• Sean Minaham, a professional chef, plans to open Bistro 9101 at 9101 Perry Highway, McCandless about Valentine's Day. The neighborhood restaurant will be open only for dinner and guest will receive a baquette and roasted bulb of garlic on entrance, he said. He will offer 14 craft beers, a full bar and wine. Eventually, he hopes to serve lunches.
• Fairmont Pittsburgh has earned the highest guest satisfaction score among Fairmont Hotels & Resorts worldwide for 2013, according to Matthew Sterne, general manager. The rating was conducted by J.D. Power & Associates among the 64 Fairmont properties and “this achievement further reinforces that our hotel, and the city of Pittsburgh, are world-class destinations,” he said. The 185 room hotel, located in Three PNC Plaza, has the Habitat restaurant, Andys bar and newly renovated Health Club. It is the city's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Gold certified hotel.
• Elmhurst L.P. will seek approval Wednesday from the Findlay Township Board of Supervisors to build a 46,800-square-foot office/warehouse on a 4.6-acre site on property owned by Graylock L.P. at 89 Spring Run Road Extension. The public hearing, starting at 7 p.m., will be in the township municipal building, 1271 Rt. 30.
• Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc.'s new Sears Home Appliance Showroom store is open at 2045 Mackenzie Way, Suite 400, in Cranberry, following its grand opening event last weekend. The store manager Jeff Arndt, said the store has the top 10 appliance brands.
— Sam Spatter