Developer Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services Inc. will begin construction on two new office buildings in the Abele Business Park, the first starting in June.
The suburban professional office space is situated near the Bridgeville Interstate 79 exit and across Route 50 from the Newbury residential and retail development. Each new building, called Beacon 1 and Beacon 2, will be 4 stories high, 80,000 square feet, Class ‘G’ certified (green), with solar panels attached to the roof and entrance canopies. “The buildings will sit at the very top of the hill,” said President and CEO Jim Scalo, “as if they were beacons from a lighthouse.”
Beacon 1 will be situated on 6.8 acres, Beacon 2 on 7.4 acres. The $16 million development will take place in two phases. Construction will begin in early summer on the first structure. It will be ready for occupancy in June 2017.
“We are already very close to signing a lease for 25 percent of the first building,” said Mr. Scalo. The real estate company purchased the Abele property in April 2015, and received land development approvals for both buildings from South Fayette commissioners Feb. 10.
The business park also will get a facelift. In addition to new signs, landscaping and lighting, outdoor suburban parks will be added. “Today, our business is becoming a lifestyle business,” said Mr. Scalo. “You want to promote the environment outside, too.” There will be walking trails, fire pits, grills, ping-pong tables and media spaces.
With Southpointe now developed, Mr. Scalo noted the additions to the Abele Business Park is a natural extension of new office development along the I-79 South corridor. “We are excited about putting these buildings up,” he said.
“This is exactly the type of development that South Fayette wants,” said Mr. Scalo. “Because of all the residential development in the township, the school district is maxed out. This area needs more commercial development—where the school isn’t impacted but taxes are still collected. This is exactly what the community needs for balance.”
Amy Philips-Haller, freelance writer; firstname.lastname@example.org.