The end of the summer also might mean the end of a highly visible construction project in the heart of Mt. Lebanon's Washington Road business district.
Work continues on the $15 million, seven-story SpringHill Suites hotel in the 600 block, for which ground was broken in March 2011.
"My understanding is that they would like to have the hotel open either sometime in September or October at the very latest," said Keith McGill, municipal planner, referring to developer Kratsa Properties of Harmar.
Mr. McGill said he spoke last week with David Cocco, Kratsa vice president of development/hotel operations, about the work's progress.
"They said they're getting ready to mobilize masons on site to move the brickwork forward," Mr. McGill said, noting that interior work is being done on plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
"When the building is essentially weather-tight, they will go in and finish the room spaces."
Mr. Cocco could not be reached for comment.
Regarding the hotel's viability in Mt. Lebanon, Mr. McGill expressed optimism.
"I think it will be a great addition for us and will meet a variety of market needs," he said.
For example, visitors to Pittsburgh who want to stay in a more suburban setting may want to take advantage of the hotel's proximity to the Port Authority "T" line.
Also, Mt. Lebanon residents would have a nearby location for out-of-town guests.
"If you're not at Crown Plaza, you end up over in Green Tree," Mr. McGill said, referring to the hotel near South Hills Village in Bethel Park.
SpringHill Suites guests are expected to provide a boost for the wide variety of businesses along Washington Road.
Kratsa Properties bought the land for the hotel, a former parking lot, from the Mt. Lebanon Parking Authority.
The project includes three levels of parking accessed off of Parse Way, according to the municipal website.
The developer will also create and maintain a pedestrian connection between Washington Road and Parse Way.
Among other Kratsa hotel projects are SpringHill Suites locations at Pittsburgh's SouthSide Works, the Pittsburgh Mills development in Frazer; Residence Inns on the North Shore and in Wilkins; and Courtyard by Marriott in Monroeville.neigh_south
Harry Funk, freelance writer: email@example.com.