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Real estate notes: Oakland residents can review developer's plans

| Saturday, June 7, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

• Oakland residents will have a second chance this summer to review plans of Oakland Gateway Ventures for a small block bounded by the Boulevard of the Allies and Bates Street in South Oakland once a traffic study has been completed, said the developers, Robert Dauer Jr. and Bill Kane. This followed a public meeting held May 29 at which time the developers explained their plans for a multi-family apartment on the site, and mentioned a preliminary plan for about an eight-story hotel there, which got mixed reviews from the community, but is not included in the development plans. “We are following up on the community's suggestion to have retail along the boulevard's side, with on-site parking,” Dauer said. Once the traffic study is completed, plans are to arrange another meeting with the community through the Oakland Planning & Development Corp. and Peoples Oakland, before making an application to the city for planning review, he said. One resident reported about 60 residents showed up and that the crowd was less than receptive to the idea of the project. One issue that some residents voiced concerns about was possible traffic congestion at Bates and Boulevard of the Allies.

• Mastech Holdings has leased 11,495 square feet in the third office building under construction in the Pittsburgh International Business Park, near Pittsburgh International Airport. That fills the building since ANH Refractories previously had signed to occupy 42,000 square feet in the single-story, 53,000-square-foot building, a development by Chaska Property Advisors and Continental Real Estate Companies. Mastech was represented by Colliers International/Pittsburgh, while Jason Stewart of JLL represented the landlord in both transactions.

• A plan for 78 single-family dwellings, to be built southwest of the intersection of Ridge and McMichael roads in Collier, will be reviewed by the Collier Township Board of Commissioners on Wednesday. The proposal is by Richard and Joan Stambrosky for “Settlers Pointe.” The public hearing is schedule to begin a 6 p.m. in the Collier Township Municipal Building, 2418 Hilltop Road.

• North Huntingdon Township Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Thursday on a request from John J. and Regina L. Talarico to rezone a 35.685-acre site at the end of Gina Drive in the Altman Farms Plan from R-2 Residential to PRD (Planned Residential Development). The hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. at Town House, 11279 Center Highway.

• Tim Stanisz and Marlene Scholze of the Bloomfield Citizens Council claim the location of a transformer for a parking garage being built on Baum Boulevard and Cypress Street, Bloomfield, approved by the zoning administrator, violates the Pittsburgh zoning code. They will ask the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday to deny that location. The Board also will hear an updated report from the Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh on the implementation of the expanded parking area at 66 Mario Lemieux Place, Downtown, and the status of the 28-acre Lower Hill Redevelopment Plan on the former Civic Arena site. W.G. Tomko Inc. will seek approval to use a site owned by Monro Muffler Brake Inc., at 5531 Penn Ave., Garfield, for storage of construction materials. Other hearings: Dylamato's Market wants to use lots at 4806-08-12 and 20 on Second Ave., Hazelwood, owned by the URA of Pittsburgh, for outdoor retail sales and service; Griffey LLC wants to use an existing three-story structure at 408 Cedar Ave., East Allegheny, as an office; and AEG Management Pittsburgh LLC wants to place a 2,400-square-foot wall-mounted temporary event sign (from August till September) at 120 Fifth Ave., Downtown, owned by Jenkins-Empire Associates. Malcolm P. Berger's request to revoke a land operation permit issued for 6604 Hamilton Ave., Larimer, for “removal of fill and demo portions of a structure remaining from old demo project” by Reiling Manufacturing Co. Inc., is scheduled for another hearing.

• The state Commonwealth Financing Authority is providing grants to two new fueling stations offering natural gas. Ariel Holdings LP, a subsidiary of American Natural Retail LLC, received a $720,000 grant for construction of a CNG fueling station at Route 910 and Rich Hill Road, Harmar, which is adjacent Pitt Ohio's new trucking and maintenance terminal. The station will also be available to Pitt Ohio's trucking fleet for diesel and natural gas fuels. A $600,000 grant has been awarded to Hypatia Holdings LP, another American Natural Retail subsidiary, for construction of a CNG fueling station at 2619 Wexford Bayne Road, Franklin Park. The site contains an abandoned gas station that Hypatia will renovate.

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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