Real estate notes: Projects aplenty for Elmhurt Group; Pitt to renovate David Lawrence Hall
• Elmhurst Group of Pittsburgh has a number of projects under way. Among them are a second building on Commonwealth Place in the Thorn Hill Industrial Park. It will contain 48,600 square feet of space, matching the original building that is fully leased. Occupancy could begin about Oct. 1, said Bruce Longenecker, vice president of operations. Plans for a 50,000-square-foot warehouse building are under way at Elmhurst's Pittsburgh Airport Business Park on Spring Run Road, Findlay, near Pittsburgh International Airport. The company is pursuing permits to begin construction by July, with occupancy in the fourth quarter of 2014 or the first quarter of 2015. The Park, with 213,000 square feet of office space, is fully leased.
• The David Lawrence Hall, the largest classroom building on the University of Pittsburgh's Oakland campus, will get a major renovation that will turn the auditorium into two lecture halls with capacities of 332 and 571 students. The work, which will cost $7.362 million, recently was approved by the university trustees' property and facilities committee. A second-floor mezzanine will be converted into three 50-seat classrooms with other changes, including adding seating areas in the lobby, changes to the stairwells to improve traffic flow, replacement of the vestibule at the Forbes Avenue entrance, expansions to the ground floor restrooms and upgrades to the mechanical systems.
• Construction is under way on an $8 million, 42-unit apartment complex for senior citizen independent living in Ross. Presbyterian SeniorCare and Presbyterian Senior Living have joined forces to transform a four-story, 26,000-square-foot motherhouse at the Holy Family of Nazareth into affordable housing. The building was home to the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth for 89 years. The four-story building is being converted into a senior living community that will include the renovation of the onsite daycare. The building will have the “greenist” and most responsible design choice and will contain, among its amenities, onsite laundry, an Internet cafe, 24-hour maintenance services and onsite service coordination. Occupancy is expected by fall 2015. The architect is Rothschild Doyno Collaborative with Mistick Construction as contractor.
• A fall opening is scheduled for 40 loft-style pet-friendly apartments at 121 Seventh St., Downtown, by Red Rocks Group of Philadelphia, which has started construction of the units on the second through sixth floors of the six-story building. Called Aria, the building will have one- and two-bedroom units with exposed brick, timber beams and granite countertops, plus in-unit washer and dryers, storage units on every floor and a fitness center. Red Rocks acquired the 60,473-square-foot building, which has the Bossa Nova nightclub on the first level, from MA Associates lI, for $4 million. It received a $6.46 million acquisition renovation bridge loan from UC Funding.
• Mercy Life Center Corp. will seek the approval on Thursday from the zoning board to use one handicapped, 13 full-sized and three compact parking spaces at 4749 Baum Blvd., as well as eight off-site spaces at 4759 Baum Blvd., all in Bloomfield, for a structure containing a vocational school. The property is owned by The Wedgewood Group. Also that day, Malica Smith will seek approval to use the basement of the Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church at 3105 Allendale St., Sheraden, for child care for as many as 12 children. Sayer Real Estate LLC wants permission to renovate the upper floors of a three-story structure at 1302 E. Carson St., South Side, for use as three residential units. The first floor would be used as a restaurant. William V. Taylor Jr. will seek approval to have four chickens as urban agriculture at a single-family dwelling, 5912 Beacon St., Squirrel Hill.
• Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp. will host a small business financing workshop 6 p.m. Tuesday at Village at Pennwood, 744 Rebecca Ave. The free event is open to start-up and established businesses in the Wilkinsburg area, and will provide an inside look at how commercial loan applications are underwritten. For more information, call 412-727-7855.
• An addition to Belle Vernon's retail market is Pet Supplies Plus, a 12,000-square-foot store that offers natural and organic pet food, grooming services and equipment for animals. During the recent grand opening event, complimentary nail trims for dogs were offered, as were contests for prizes and free food for pets and people. The store at 120 Sara Way is part of a chain that has 290 locations in 23 states.
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