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WESTARM the latest tenant at Cheswick Plaza

Emily Balser
| Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, 6:24 p.m.
Springdale resident T.J. Shaner stretches his foot while physical therapist Tanisha Gorny watches at the new Cheswick location of WESTARM Physical Therapy on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Shaner is recovering from surgery.
Springdale resident T.J. Shaner stretches his foot while physical therapist Tanisha Gorny watches at the new Cheswick location of WESTARM Physical Therapy on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Shaner is recovering from surgery.
The Cheswick location of WESTARM Physical Therapy opened this month in the Cheswick Plaza.
The Cheswick location of WESTARM Physical Therapy opened this month in the Cheswick Plaza.

The new Cheswick Plaza is starting to fill up.

The latest tenant is WESTARM Physical Therapy, which relocated from the The Village at Pittsburgh Mills to Cheswick in an effort to be more centrally located for its patients.

The company is the latest to join the new building in the Cheswick Plaza. The first to join was Anytime Fitness earlier this year. The plaza has been undergoing renovations and improvements for a little over a year.

Brian Jacob, President of WESTARM, said the retail nature of the Pittsburgh Mills area turned out to not be an ideal location for a service-based business like his. He said they decided that moving into the Lower Valley would be better for serving customers in not only Cheswick, but also Harmar and Springdale.

“Things are kind of moving back into the small communities,” Jacob said. “It’s kind of going back to where we were 10 years ago, 15 years ago.”

Founded in 1983, WESTARM offers physical and occupational rehabilitation services at eight outpatient facilities and a home health agency in Lower Burrell. They provide contract services for school districts as well as offer specialty therapies for patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

“We’ve been around for quite a long time,” Jacob said. “We’re just proud of the work we do.”

The Cheswick location officially opened at the beginning of October.

Property developer Brian Clark said having WESTARM join the plaza makes the third health-related company to move in. The first was an Allegheny Health Network primary care facility and then the Anytime Fitness.

“This is what the neighborhood center of the future looks like,” Clark said.

Clark said only about 3,000 square feet remain to be filled in the plaza.

“We are discussing with a couple restaurant and coffee shop concepts,” he said. “That would fill that side of the center up very nicely.”

Next up for development is finding someone to move into the neighboring nearly 3-acre parcel where the Ches-A-Rena used to be.

He said there have been some preliminary discussions with interested businesses, but he said it’s too early to say anything publicly.

“We’ve actually had some good conversations,” he said. “I don’t want to jinx ourselves.”

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, emilybalser@tribweb.com or via Twitter @emilybalser.

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