New housing, commercial developments among plans in North Hills
By Kelsey Shea
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Residents of North Hills communities can look ahead in 2014 to major housing-development projects, new commercial spaces and improved public amenities.
New residences and shopping destinations are planned for Marshall Township and McCandless, while Franklin Park will be the site of park, golf-course and intersection improvements, officials said.
Meanwhile, Bradford Woods officials will look even further ahead, as they begin planning for the borough's centennial, which is coming in 2015.
Marshall Township will follow up the $20 million of construction done in 2013 with the construction of hundreds of residences in 2014, township manager Neil McFadden said.
“We're going to be very busy in 2014,” he said.
Warrendale Pointe will be the township's largest housing development project in 2014 and will include the construction of 300 investment-grade apartments at Wheatland and Warrendale Bayne roads.
McFadden said developers are on a “very aggressive” timetable for the project, anticipate breaking ground early in the year and expect to near completion by the end of 2014.
Developers will also break ground on 24 upscale patio units that will be built in 2014 as part of the Village at Altmyer Fields development at Wexford Bayne and Cole roads.
The Park at Marshall housing development on Northgate Drive will include 120 town homes that developers will begin building in 2014.
The Park at Marshall will connect Northgate Drive to Route 19, which, McFadden said, will be “very good for retail in that area.”
Fairmont Square, a development that includes 22,000 square feet of retail space and 100 new town homes along Route 19, near Fowler and Maples drives, is expected to be approved early next year, with a groundbreaking in the spring, McFadden said.
A GetGo gas station and convenience store has been proposed for the Kings Restaurant location on VIP Drive, off Wexford Bayne Road, though no timetable has been established, he said.
McFadden said Marshall Township supervisors are discussing possible light installations at baseball fields in Warrendale and Knob Hill parks to extend the fields' usage hours.
The old barn along Route 19 that was torn down this year to make room for a Lexus dealership will be reconstructed in Knob Hill Community Park sometime in 2014, McFadden said.
While Marshall will be the site of multiple housing-development projects, McCandless will have further work at one major multipurpose development in 2014 — McCandless Crossing.
“It's an exciting time for McCandless,” town manager Toby Cordek said.
McCandless Crossing is a development on both sides of McKnight Road, south of Cumberland Road.
Eventually, it will include a town square with public art, an amphitheater, a village green and more than $500,000 worth of landscaping, Cordek said.
“It's going to be pretty and useful,” he said.
The fourth and final phase of the development includes the opening of the Cinemark movie theater and retail anchors HomeGoods and Dick's Sporting Goods, expected in May, Cordek said.
Bonefish Grill, Carrabba's Italian Grill and LongHorn Steakhouse are slated to open at McCandless Crossing over the summer, and a Trader Joe's grocery store and other restaurants are slated to open in the fall, he said.
The fourth phase of McCandless Crossing also will include 53 new town homes, with initial work under way. Construction will begin in late January, according to the town website.
Another project coming up is repaving more than 7 miles of road, Cordek said. Officials have not yet decided which roads will be involved.
Projects in Franklin Park will focus on public amenities in 2014, manager Ambrose Rocca said.
“We're going to continue services we've always offered in the past and in some aspects, service will improve,” Rocca said.
Franklin Park's budget includes funds for capital improvements and facility upgrades in parks. Among the projects are new picnic pavilions, bathrooms and volleyball courts for Old Orchard Park. The first and fifth holes of the Clover Hill Golf Course will be redone with a $200,000 loan from the borough's general fund to the golf course, Rocca said.
Funds also are in place to replace and update public-works equipment and upgrade computers across all departments where needed.
There also is $300,000 set aside for a new roof on the municipal building, and township officials hope to increase their reserve fund in 2014, Rocca said.
Borough officials also plan to have a study done to help improve the flow of traffic in Franklin Park.
“As Franklin Park develops, we get more and more traffic, and we have to improve several intersections,” Rocca said.
The study will identify five intersections that need to be redesigned, and borough officials hope to complete one each year Rocca said.
The budget will allow 4.6 miles of road to be repaved and minor repairs to be made on the Northmont Farms Dam, Rocca said.
While in 2014, most things in Bradford Woods will be business as usual, later in the year, borough officials will begin to form committees and prepare for the borough's 100-year anniversary in 2015, said Patricia Mirth, council president.
The Bradford Woods Couples Club plans to change its name, Mirth said. The club is scheduled to put on its biennial play, which is entirely written and performed by club members, in 2014.
Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6353.
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