A shopping plaza and hotel are set to be built along Hickory Grade Road and Route 50 in South Fayette.
The township commissioners have unanimously approved conditional use and site plans for the shopping plaza, called South Fayette Commons, and the South Fayette Fairfield Inn. The zoning hearing board has also approved the plans.
South Fayette Commons will consist of three buildings on nearly 3 acres of the old St. Anthony property along Hickory Grade Road, Route 50, Old Pond Road and the Interstate 79 southbound exit ramps. SoFay Reality Partners LLC of Ridgewood, N.J., plans to include two restaurants, shops, a coffee shop and a bank. Dunkin’ Donuts and Washington Financial Bank would occupy one of the buildings, township manager Ryan Eggleston said.
Southpointe-based South Fayette Hotel Associates LP plans to build the five-story, 94-room hotel, on 2.3 acres at the site of the recently demolished Knight’s Inn, 111 Hickory Grade Road. According to Mr. Eggleston, South Fayette Hotel Associates is a subsidiary of Horizon Properties.
Horizon Properties also has a $5 million sales agreement to take ownership of the Star City Cinema property along Route 50 and Hickory Grade Road, across from the Newbury residential and retail development. CEO Rodney Piatt has proposed a mixed-use plan for the property, suggesting a 30,000-square-foot office building with retail integrated into a hotel. The old cinema is expected to be demolished before the end of the year, Mr. Eggleston said.
In addition, Burns and Scalo Real Estate Services Inc. broke ground this summer on a four-story, 80,000-square-foot office space called Beacon One in Abele Business Park. It is one of two buildings to be constructed.
In response to growing traffic concerns, the commissioners unanimously approved using the consulting services of Mike Haberman of Gateway Engineers Inc., who will review traffic studies and patterns and serve as an adviser to the traffic task force.
“The bulk of the consulting cost is paid for by the developer’s escrow fee,” Mr. Eggleston said. “It is a nice opportunity to have great professional expertise available at very little cost to the township.”
Other traffic plans include widening the bottom of Hickory Grade Road; updating the bridge over Chartiers Creek at Washington Pike and Route 50; adding a left-turn lane coming off the southbound I-79 ramp; and possibly adding a left-turn lane northbound on Washington Pike onto Route 50.
The township also plans to use a $380,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation to install synchronized lights on Route 50 from Millers Run Road to Washington Pike and on Washington Pike from Chartiers Street to Danielle Street.
Amy Philips-Haller, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.