Share This Page

Former Overbrook Middle School conversion to assisted-living center expected to be completed by spring 2014

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

The former Overbrook Middle School building could become a home for senior citizens by spring 2014, according to the head of a start-up company that is buying the property.

Monroeville-based Valcott Enterprises LLC is buying the 90-year-old building and 5.5 acres at 2140 Saw Mill Run Blvd., which is part of Route 51, from Pittsburgh Public Schools, said Barb Valaw, chief executive officer of Valcott Enterprises LLC. The $50,100 sale is expected to close on Jan. 31, she said.

The district closed the school in 2001, and until a few months ago, the building held the district's administrative services for special education.

“I want to show the potential for development for Route 51 and the Carrick-Overbrook area,” Valaw said.

Valcott is partnering with The NRP Group LLC, a Cleveland-based multifamily-housing developer, to redevelop the former school as Overbrook Estates.

The building will have 91 beds for people who need assistance with daily tasks, such as dining, bathing and taking medications. Adjacent to the old school are two baseball fields, on which NRP plans to build 50 independent-living apartments after buying the land from Valcott, Valaw said. Valcott's sale of the baseball fields to NRP is contingent upon NRP receiving tax credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Financing Agency, she said.

The Overbrook Estates project is being called a “transit-oriented development” because the developers plan to replace a pedestrian bridge that was behind the site in order to connect Saw Mill Run Boulevard to a light rail and bus stop, the Overbrook T station, said Greg Jones, executive director of Economic Development South, a nonprofit whose members are Baldwin, Whitehall and Brentwood, and the city of Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Carrick and Overbrook.

Though the former school is in the Overbrook neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Economic Development South has been involved in the redevelopment plan. It found a development partner for Valcott because Route 51 as a whole could benefit from the redevelopment of the somewhat-blighted property, Jones said.

“It's the difference between ... a project that will be tens of millions of dollars in new investment and a site that might otherwise sit empty for 30 years,” he said.

Valcott will manage Overbrook Estates, Valaw said.

Valaw hopes that NRP will receive the tax credits in time for construction to start this summer. The work is expected to take nine to 12 months, she said.

Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or tparrish@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.