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Proposed condominium expansion in the works

| Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002

A proposed condominium project has grown from 48 residential units to 60.

The Mt. Lebanon Planning Board this week gave Bill Bannow, a partner in Point View Properties, preliminary approval to expand the size of Cedar Heights of Mt. Lebanon.

Construction of the 12-story structure could begin this summer at 440 Washington Road, near Bower Hill Road. Final approvals from the municipality still are needed.

Bannow anticipates a two-year construction period.

Bannow said the $25 million project will offer two- and three-bedroom units, priced from $288,000 to $630,000.

The two-bedroom homes will have 1,750 square feet, while the three-bedroom units will range from 2,150 to 2,275 square feet.

Each unit will have an outdoor terrace area of 8 by 20 feet.

"Originally, we planned 48 units, but when we were able to secure another property we added 12 more units," he said.

There will be five units per floor, with two indoor parking spaces per unit. The complex also will have an outdoor swimming pool, which will be enclosed during winter to permit year-round use.

Also, two penthouse units on the top floor will have private rooftop patios, and a patio for common use also will be provided.

To complete the project, Point View has plans to acquire a 39,000-square-foot site from the Mt. Lebanon Parking Authority.

Mt. Lebanon commissioners approved the sale of the parking authority property to Point View last August. However, the $440,000 deal has not yet been finalized.

Parking authority President Bill Friedman said he anticipates final approval of the sale could come before his board very shortly.

Bannow had previously received preliminary approval for his project last June, but had to alter his plans after securing additional land, a former residential property along Kenmont Avenue.

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