Brentwood seeking developer to transform borough building
Brentwood Borough is looking for a developer to transform the site of its 100-year-old borough building into a mixed-use space, complete with retail storefronts and market rate apartments.
The borough, which is in the process of constructing a new municipal building that likely will open in July 2020, isn’t wasting any time trying to develop its current borough building site.
“We didn’t want to wait until the last minute to start marketing this place,” borough Manager George Zboyovsky said.
Council members July 23 authorized Zboyovsky to prepare a request for proposals for the development of the property, located at 3624 Brownsville Road.
“We’re going to put out requests for development and see what we get,” Zboyovsky said.
Borough leaders have ideas of what they want to see on the site.
“The borough will be looking for proposals that will provide a needed service to the community by increasing the borough’s tax base, furthering the objectives of the borough’s central business district plan, as well as the objectives of increasing the economic development of the borough,” Zboyovsky wrote in a summary of the plan presented to council.
Council members hope to see a developer that will construct a building with ground floor retail and market-rate rental apartments on the second, third and fourth floors. Another option would be to have office space on the second floor, Zboyovsky said.
They want to see a parking plan that utilizes both on-site and street parking and a design that is pedestrian friendly.
“They have demands on what they want to see on the space,” Zboyovsky said.
Borough leaders have talked for years about the need for a new borough building and what should happen to the old one if and when they moved.
Study after study was done and plans rendered for the site over the years.
In late 2017, Brentwood began to move forward with a plan, purchasing the former Snee Dairy site on Brownsville Road, located roughly a tenth of a mile down the street from the current municipal building.
Allegheny County records show the borough paid $131,200 for the site.
Borough leaders have said a new municipal building is needed, as the old one is in need of major repairs and is no longer energy efficient.
The borough is working on a demolition plan for the old Snee Dairy building, with hopes of advertising its demolition in August or September, and having the building down by the end of the year, Zboyovsky said.
Architect HHSDR and Gateway Engineers are still working on the final layout and design of the new building.
The cost of construction is estimated to be between $4.5 million and $5 million. These numbers are being revised during the design process, Zboyovsky said.
Council members hired Massaro CM Services as construction manager to “oversee the prebid estimates and construct-abilibty to ensure the costs remain in check,” Zboyovsky said.
Zboyovsky said he plans to have a draft of the proposal request for the current building site ready for council review in August or September. The request for proposal then would be advertised as early as October.
The borough has been receiving a lot of interest from commercial developers after Allegheny Health Network announced in June that it planned to construct one of four neighborhood hospitals in the borough on Route 51.
“We’re just keeping the momentum going,” Zboyovsky said.
Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.