July 06----Several roads in the region may be widened or expanded to include turning lanes if the state Commonwealth Finance Authority approves requests for the funding. A $350,000 grant to widen the westbound approach of Thorn Hill Road in Marshall to provide a 300-foot-long rightturn lane into RIDC Thorn Hill Industrial Park was approved for submission to the Authority by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. Also approved was a $200,000 grant to the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh to widen Nicholson Road and add a left-turn lane at the Baierl Family YMCA in Franklin Park. The project also includes drainage system replacement and expansion of the parking lot.
--CH2M Hill, now in Penn Center West on the Parkway West, has leased about 30,000 square feet in an office building under construction by Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services Inc. in Findlay Township, on ground owned by the Allegheny County Airport Authority. The one-story, 60,256-square-foot building is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. Construction support is being supplied by the township and the Allegheny County Economic Development department. Gregory Schuster of Burns & Scalo represented the landlord, and David Koch and Jamie Pivarnik of CBRE represented the tenant.
--The Old Mill, formerly known as The Foundry, a shopping center in South Strabane, has commitments or letters of intent for 80 percent of the 523,000-square-foot structure's small shop area. The latest leases include
--Team Rahal of Steel City Inc. will seek Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment approval on Thursday to consolidate lots and build a three-story structure at 4709 Baum Blvd. and Maripoe Street, Bloomfield, for use as vehicle/equipment sales on the first and second floors, and employee parking on the third floor. Also that day, Earl W. and Joyce F. Martin will seek approval for a new 48-square-foot ground sign with a 20-square-foot LED section for Martin Auto Sales at 2041 W. Liberty Ave., Brookline. David Roth will seek approval to rebuild a three-story nonconforming structure damaged by fire at 5822 Alder St., Shadyside, owned by JJ Land Co., with a new 8- by 8-foot rear deck to be used as a three-family dwelling. And Kristen K. Hogan seeks approval to use an existing three-story structure at 232 Jucunda St., Knoxville, as a community home.
--Manjunatha Sherigar on Tuesday will seek Monroeville Council's approval to build a 42-room, four-story hotel at 4129 Old William Penn Highway for a UDIPI Inn. The structure will contain 27,383 square feet on 2.5 acres. Also that day, Day Ford will seek approval to construct two additions, totaling about 7,605 square feet, containing a new service department area and new underground stormwater-detention facilities at 3696 William Penn Highway on about 3.61 acres. The public hearings will begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 2700 Monroeville Blvd.
--The recent transfer of about five acres from Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to the Ligonier Township Municipal Authority was actually from Westmoreland County to the municipal authority, according to a deed filed in Westmoreland County. The conservancy had sold the property in 2005 to Westmoreland County for $900,000 with certain restrictions and/or covenants. However, the municipal authority had built its plant and pump station on the property, and the latest transfer of a portion of the approximately 540 acres was to clarify the authority's ownership of the property and remove the restrictions and covenants, said Attorney Donald J. Snyder Jr. of McDonald Snyder & Lightcap PC, counsel for the authority.
--Michael Baker Jr. Inc., part of Michael Baker International, has received a contract for construction management and inspection services for improvements to the Alle gheny County Sanitary Authority Regional Collection System. The contract extends to September 2015 and is part of Alcosan's Capital Project for replacement or upgrades of seven flap gates in the Interceptor System.
-- Sam Spatter