Newbury Market wins approval in South Fayette

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A supermarket, hotel, offices, restaurants, retail shops and outdoor gathering spots are part of the Newbury Market plan approved by South Fayette commissioners.

Board members voted March 19 to pave the way for construction of the long-awaited commercial center, scheduled to open in late 2015.

“I look forward to watching these plans turn into reality,” board President Joseph Horowitz said. “Newbury Market will be a great asset for South Fayette. The design of the market is so different from other shopping areas in the region.”

The site plan — covering the first of three development phases — includes about 50 acres and 340,000 square feet of commercial space near the Bridgeville interchange of Interstate 79.

Plans include a Giant Eagle grocery store, a Courtyard by Marriott hotel, two office buildings, five large retail stores and a pedestrian-friendly town center containing seven buildings of shops and restaurants.

Designed to be the focal point of Newbury Market, the Main Street-style town center features a concert plaza, a small park, a water-play area for children, outdoor seating and broad sidewalks.

Township engineer Mike Benton expected grading and utility work at Newbury Market to continue this summer, and construction of buildings to begin before the end of the year.

Following site plan approval, Newbury must start some type of construction within a year or seek a renewal, he said.

The developer is EQA Landmark Communities/Newbury Development Associates LP, represented by project manager Eric Newhouse and president Brett Malky.

The main entrance will be a driveway with a traffic signal at Route 50/Millers Run Road, across from the township-owned Star City Cinemas site and the $20.5 million pediatric center being built by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

The market plan shows a second access road from Presto-Sygan Road, plus internal roads and about 2,500 parking spaces.

Township officials previously approved plans for the 10-store Gateway Shops at the Route 50 entrance to Newbury Market. The shopping plaza is expected to open sooner than the rest of the market.

Plans include a nine-unit, 21,750-square-foot plaza with four fast-food restaurants, two retail stores, two financial businesses and one medical office. A 1,820-square-foot coffee shop with an outdoor cafe sits separately.

Road improvements surrounding Newbury Market are expected to begin this spring on Route 50, Washington Pike and an Interstate 79 ramp.

Prior to the market opening, the developer must install and synchronize traffic signals, widen roads and add turning lanes to accommodate increased traffic and boost road capacity.

Two future planned phases of commercial development in Newbury Market will require additional plans and township approvals, Mr. Benton said.

According to the Newbury Market master plan, the 88-acre shopping center eventually will contain 1.2 million square feet of retail, restaurant, hospitality and office space bordered by Route 50, Presto-Sygan Road and I-79.

The entire $450 million, 300-acre Newbury plan includes the market, 200 single-family homes on a hilltop above Presto-Sygan Road and a 250-unit garden apartment complex on Oakridge Road called Newbury Village.

Newbury, which is considered a brownfield redevelopment, occupies the former site of the Koppers chemical plant.

Andrea Iglar, freelance writer:

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