Condo legacy deepens
By Tom Yerace
Published: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, 1:16 a.m.
The name Ziccarelli has been synonymous with condominium developments in New Kensington and Lower Burrell for more than 30 years.
Now the third generation of the family that the late Frank J. Ziccarelli Sr. started, after emigrating to New Kensington from Italy in 1936, is about to add to the family legacy.
Work is well under way on The Villas at Rabbit's Foot, an upscale, 66-unit condominium development off Craigdell Road near the Route 56 Bypass in Lower Burrell where Rabbit's Foot Lake was once located.
Directing the project are Ziccarelli's grandsons, Frank J. III, 35, and David, 33. They learned the construction business over the years from their father, Frank J. Ziccarelli Jr., 63, as well as their grandfather.
“This will actually be the first one we've done out of college,” said Frank Ziccarelli III, who is in charge of sales and marketing for the development.
After months of extensive clear cutting, earth moving and grading, construction of the villas began in December.
The price of the units will start at $160,000.
The basic unit will range from 1,500 to 2,200 square feet and have two bedrooms and two full baths.
He said the price will vary depending on which upgrades a client desires for items such as flooring, kitchen countertops and cabinets. Space also will be an option.
“They are going to be all single-story, but we will offer a second-story loft bedroom option,” he said.
David Ziccarelli, who supervises construction, said he hopes to have a model unit ready by June. He said most of the units will be built “slab on grade,” but some will have a basement option.
“It will be wood-frame construction with high-quality brick veneer and Andersen windows,” David Ziccarelli said, adding that the emphasis is on building dwellings that will require little maintenance.
Of the 23-acre site, he said construction will impact only 14 acres. The remainder will be used for roads and green space.
The site is tucked into a hollow bounded by Craigdell Road, the Route 56 Bypass, Vance Drive and Cleveland Drive.
The brothers think the location is a major asset, offering a rural feel with views of the surrounding hills that is unique from the company's other developments yet it is close to restaurants, shopping and Route 28.
Frank's wife, Nicole, a lawyer who will handle the closings for the company, said, “It's right in the middle of everything — more so than the others — but when you're there, you don't know it. It's so quiet there.”
According to Frank Ziccarelli, he already has a list of people who have expressed interest. The targeted market is people who are retired, empty nesters weary of home maintenance and young professionals who work in Pittsburgh and want to become first-time home buyers.
The brothers, both of whom hold business degrees from Duquesne University, have assumed a more active role in leading Ziccarelli Enterprises Inc. It's the company their grandfather formed in 1982 and their father grew with condominiums in New Kensington's Rossmont section and along Puckety Church and Edgecliff roads in Lower Burrell as well as commercial buildings such as Feldarelli Square along Freeport Road.
“We spent a lot of time working in the business while we were in college, commuting back and forth to Duquesne,” David said.
In fact, the brothers recalled how each would load up their class schedules at either end of the week so that one of them would always be working on the project their father had going at the time.
“I think the biggest thing he taught us is work ethic, and not just doing what you have to do but going beyond that,” Frank Ziccarelli said.
“We're very blessed to be in the position we are in,” David Ziccarelli said.
Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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