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UPMC, Penguins' rink deal in Cranberry months off

| Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, 11:38 p.m.

UPMC and the Pittsburgh Penguins are progressing on a proposed sports medicine complex and dual ice hockey rink practice facility on Route 228 in Cranberry, but a final deal is likely months away, officials with the township and team said.

Representatives of UPMC and Creative Real Estate Development Co. told township officials early this week that they plan to submit a land development plan in early April, a month later than originally expected.

If that happens, Cranberry's Planning Advisory Commission could examine the plan in early May and vote whether to recommend it to Cranberry Township supervisors.

Don Rodgers, chairman of Creative Real Estate, owns the roughly 35-acre site of the proposed development in the Cranberry Woods office park.

Plans call for two ice rinks that the Penguins would use when Consol Energy Center is not available. UPMC would own and operate the sports medicine center.

Travis Williams, Penguins chief operating officer, said the team is committed to making the project work in Cranberry. He said the organization is considering at least one alternative commercial development site on Cranberry's busy Route 228 corridor in case the Creative Real Estate site won't work.

The Cranberry-based development firm has worked with township officials to revise its master plan for Cranberry Woods. When the township approved the original master plan, it did not include the UPMC and Penguins development.

Rodgers declined to comment.

Drawings provided to the Tribune-Review by Pieper O'Brien Herr Architects show a large, single building in the middle of a development dubbed The Village of Cranberry Woods that would contain medical office space and the ice rinks surrounded by 400 parking spots, trees, sidewalks and a rain garden amid planned and existing hotel and retail developments.

The currently undeveloped area is bounded by Cranberry Woods Drive and Longtree Way to the east of Westinghouse Electric Co.'s headquarters.

Jeremy Boren is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. He canbe reached at 412-320-7935or jboren@tribweb.com.

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