McCandless Crossing construction continues

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Despite a harsh winter that hampered building plans, the final phase of McCandless Crossing will debut at 10 a.m. Sunday with the opening of Dick's Sporting Goods on the east side of McKnight Road in McCandless.

The development designed with a town center and a variety of restaurant, entertainment, shopping and living facilities, is nearing completion with the opening of its fourth phase.

The timing of phase four completion is dependent on the weather, but the next few businesses slated to open will be Home Goods later this month, Cinemark (a 12-screen theater) in early June, Bonefish Grill and Longhorn Steakhouse late in summer and Trader Joe’s could open early in the fall.

Still to come are First Watch (a breakfast and lunch cafe), Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Super Cuts, GNC, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Panera Bread.

There also will be office space, a hotel, and 53 town homes — five of which have already been built along Cumberland Road. Known as the Residence at McCandless Crossing, project manager Bob McGurk said Ryan Homes has a waiting list of buyers for the $240,000 townhomes. They could be ready for sale by June.

Mr. McGurk said the infrastructure is in place, and sidewalks are being installed in the development, which he said will have an upscale image that will be reflected in the stylish style of parking lot lighting and landscaping.

While some of the retail establishments in phase four are new to the Pittsburgh area, one is just moving about two miles north on McKnight. Dick's closed its store in The Shoppes at Northway on Sunday. Its new 50,000-square-foot store will feature additional specialized services and a running center.

The debut of McCandless Crossing was in November 2010 with the opening of Lowe's Home Improvement, the anchor of phase one, which is on the west side of McKnight. The site covers mover than 1 million square feet on both sides of McKnight at the intersection with Duncan Avenue.

Jill Cueni-Cohen, freelance writer:

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