In the last few weeks, our office has received calls and emails from constituents with some incorrect information about the possible upcoming development in the municipality of Mt. Lebanon. The site was home to the Depaul Institute before they moved to Shadyside in 2002 and later to the Bradley Center until their move to Robinson Twp. in 2007. The area is located at the end of Castlegate Ave. on the Mt. Lebanon side of Dorchester Ave. Currently, the existing buildings are blighted with broken windows and graffiti. I want to share with you the facts that our office has requested and received from the developers about the proposed development, which would include a senior living facility and upscale housing. We have also included links below of the developers’ previous projects which we encourage residents to take a look at.
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The project is a joint-development venture from Green Development, Inc. and Oxford Development Company. They envision the redevelopment of the Bradley Center area to include a total removal of all the current decaying structures, an environmental remediation, and the development of 60 senior housing apartments on the sloping portion overlooking McNeilly Road. In addition, they plan on creating approximately 60 energy efficient market-rate houses on the upper part of the site.
The senior apartments, the first phase of the project, will be an age-restricted development whose residents must be senior citizens who meet the 62+ age requirement. The apartments are intended to serve seniors from Brookline, Mt. Lebanon and surrounding communities. The housing portion of the development, the second phase of the project, is envisioned as a complement to the senior apartment building and will be green-designed, attached homes with sale prices of around $300,000.
As a part of the development, walking trails and park space will be developed for the enjoyment of the residents. La Quatra Bonci, a land use planner headquartered in the South Side, will develop a master plan that will be submitted and reviewed through the Mt. Lebanon planning approval process. La Quatra Bonci is a part of the development team and was the landscape architect and planner on two local developments: Summerset at Frick and Chapel Harbor. La Quatra Bonci also just did the landscaping for the Brookline Boulevard reconstruction project.
Green Development has completed several projects locally, including Locomotive Lofts in Lawrenceville, Riverside Mews and Windom Hill Place in the South Side, as well as new LEED Platinum headquarters for Sota Construction Services, Inc. Oxford Development has been active in the Pittsburgh real estate market for over 50 years, and has developed Oxford Tower downtown and are currently working on the new Hot Metal Flats in the South Side. Sota Construction Services Inc. will act as Construction Manager for the project. Sota Construction is a local construction manager and general contractor whose focus is on sustainability and Total Quality Construction.
In order to develop this property as a residential use, Green Development has submitted a request to Mt. Lebanon Zoning Hearing Board to rezone the property from R-2 to R-4. This rezoning is a decision of the Mt. Lebanon Zoning Hearing Board, and all questions and concerns should be shared with them. There will be a public meeting on the requested rezoning on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7pm at the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building at 710 Washington Road.
My office is always happy to take questions. However, for the most up-to-date information, please contact Mt. Lebanon with those questions directly related to the zoning or approval of this project at (412) 343-3400.
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We have asked for more documentation from the developers with specifics to the design of the site and are encouraging them to reach out to the community. Our office will work with county and state legislators as well as our municipal counterparts to make sure city residents’ specific issues are taken into consideration as this moves forward, and we encourage concerned residents to call other officials to stay aware. We will post any further information in this space as soon as we receive it.
Google map overhead view: https://goo.gl/maps/Am9ky
Mt. Lebanon municipal information:
Developers’ Previous Projects:
History of Site:
Business Times story on the legal issues with the Bradley Center, circa 2009:
Post-Gazette story on the Bradley Center closing, circa 2007: