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Carnegie hopes to attract developer for multi-use parking garage

| Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Carnegie officials took another step forward in trying to find ways to improve parking in the business district.

Council members authorized the borough manager to advertise the request for development proposal for the borough-owned parking lot in front of the Family Dollar, located at the intersection of Broadway and Mansfield Avenue.

Council member Phil Boyd said borough officials would like to see a multipurpose structure developed — not to exceed four stories. The structure should include additional parking that would be a significant increase from the current 66 parking spaces.

The proposal states that office space or apartments can be included. Boyd said officials aren't necessarily looking for retail, unless it fits the needs of the borough, such as a supermarket.

“This asset could be the hub of better things to come in the downtown business district,” Boyd said.

Council member Stacie Riley, Mayor Jack Kobistek and borough Manager Steve Beuter worked with representatives from Allegheny County Economic Development to write the proposal.

Boyd said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald toured the borough to get a firsthand look.

The statement of qualifications and proposals are due to the borough by Jan. 15. Council is not expected to make a decision until at least February. Developers and real estate professionals can submit a proposal for either a lease or purchase and development of the lot.

Kobistek said the borough is not obligated to accept any proposals.

Beuter said the borough sought to develop the lot several years ago but did not get much interest.

Boyd said officials have no false expectations, but the borough is experiencing growth.

“There isn't a much better time for a real estate developer to come in when the town is on the upswing,” Boyd said.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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