McCandless Crossing work to extend to 2016
Unfavorable weather, a down economy and delays in obtaining state approvals will delay completion of McCandless Crossing by two years to 2016, but the large residential and commercial project is moving in the right direction, the developer said.
“We definitely feel like we're making progress,” said Kevin Dougherty, president of Selma, N.C.-based AdVenture Development LLC.
Slated to be McCandless' largest commercial development, McCandless Crossing is a mixed-use project being built on 130 acres on the east and west sides of McKnight Road, near the intersection with Duncan Avenue. When complete, the $100 million project will have stores, restaurants, banks, hotels, offices, 53 townhouses and a Cinemark movie theater.
About 50 percent of McCandless Crossing has been completed, Dougherty said.
The development initially was to be finished this year.
“We're frustrated. We fell behind because of the wet summer and this winter has not been cooperative at all,” said Robert McGurk, a project manager at AdVenture Development.
In addition, work on the fourth phase, which will include the movie theater and townhouses, could not start without a wetlands permit from the Department of Environmental Protection. DEP granted the permit in October 2012, about two years after AdVenture applied for it.
While the recession didn't hit Pittsburgh as hard as some other areas, AdVenture was challenged to convey that message to potential retail tenants skittish about expanding into McCandless Crossing, Dougherty said.
Started in 2009, McCandless Crossing includes businesses such as Lowe's home improvement store, IHOP restaurant, CVS drugstore, LA Fitness gym and Home2 Suites by Hilton.
The 12-screen Cinemark theater, which is to feature stadium seating and all-digital projection, was to open in 2012 and is under construction but likely won't open until May, McGurk said.
Plano, Texas-based Cinemark Holdings Inc., which will own the building, couldn't be reached for comment.
Dick's Sporting Goods and HomeGoods stores are under construction on the east side of McKnight Road and will be finished in May, McGurk said. Grocery store Trader Joe's and restaurants First Watch, Bonefish Grill, Longhorn Steakhouse, Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill will start construction this spring and open in late summer, AdVenture said.
Downtown-based FC McCandless LLC is the land developer for the townhouses, which will be built and marketed by Ryan Homes, said Frank Zappala, managing member at FC McCandless. Prices will range from $275,000 to $325,000, he said.
In February, Ryan Homes will begin building the first five townhouses, Zappala said.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She canbe reached at 412-380-5662 or email@example.com.
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