Children's site plans for pediatric center in South Fayette approved

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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is on track to build a $20.5 million outpatient pediatric center in South Fayette.

A site plan that includes a four-story, 60,000-square-foot medical office building with access from Hickory Grade Road and Route 50 was approved Jan. 16 by South Fayette commissioners. Parking spots include 190 dedicated spaces and 60 shared spaces.

Hospital officials have said they plan to break ground this spring and open in the late summer or early fall next year.

"We're definitely excited for the project," South Fayette manager Ryan Eggleston said.

The facility will sit on 2.6 acres that UPMC has committed to buying from the township next to the former Star City Cinemas, at the Bridgeville interchange of Interstate 79.

Site plan approval was subject to the township attorney reviewing a proposed developer's agreement, which will be finalized prior to the land sale closing at the end of February, board President Deron Gabriel said.

The agreement is expected to include guidelines for UPMC making some payments to the township in lieu of taxes.

Commissioners also approved paying traffic engineer PVE Sheffler LLC of Sewickley up to $15,000 to design the main driveway from Route 50 to the Star City site, which will include the pediatric center and a Washington Financial Bank. The engineering cost will be shared by the township, bank and UPMC, Mr. Eggleston said.

The township has been considering whether to convert the theater building into a civic center. No final decision has been made.

In March 2012, Children's agreed to pay the township $1.65 million for the 2.6-acre site, plus a $100,000 donation toward the civic center project.

Township officials agreed either to begin civic center renovation within five years or else sell or demolish the old movie theater.

Some of the pediatric center facilities would be tax-exempt, but the hospital has pledged to guarantee real estate tax payments on at least 50 percent of the assessed value of the pediatric building. Guidelines for the hospital making these payments will be set in the developer's agreement, township officials said.

The hospital plans to relocate all pediatric services from the 20,000-square-foot UPMC South Hills center in Bethel Park and expand them in the new South Fayette building. Hospital officials have said they plan to offer services such as pediatrician visits, specialist appointments, walk-in urgent care and ultrasound, radiology and X-ray.

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Andrea Iglar, freelance writer:


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