UPMC, Penguins' rink deal in Cranberry months off
By Jeremy Boren
Published: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, 11:37 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 email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
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.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.