220-Unit Apartment Project Advances in Upper St. Clair

A new 220-unit upscale multi-family development is slated to rise in the city’s Upper St. Clair suburb. According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, the project’s developer, a company affiliated with Bridgeville-based construction firm John Deklewa & Sons Inc., has recently been granted final approvals from the township’s municipality to move the project forward.

By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

An upscale 220-unit multifamily development is slated to rise in the city’s Upper St. Clair suburb. According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, the project’s developer, a company affiliated with Bridgeville-based construction firm John Deklewa & Sons Inc., recently received final approval from the township’s municipality to move forward with the project.  

Spreading across 25 acres, the proposed “Torrente at Upper St. Clair” apartment community off Boyce Plaza Road will include one- and two- bedroom units in nine buildings, as well as a clubhouse, walking trails and a park area near Chartiers Creek. Boyce Mayview Park, Southwood Psychiatric Hospital and the former Mayview State Hospital will neighbor the new development, which is expected to break ground later this year and be complete in about two years.   

Scott Brilhart, director of community development for Upper St. Clair, told the newspaper that the municipality hadn’t approved an apartment development in this suburb for many years. Historically, the area has seen mostly single-family residential development.   

In other news, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the August Wilson Center for African American Culture (pictured) in downtown Pittsburgh is facing foreclosure.

Dollar Bank has filed an action with the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, seeking to have the property sold at sheriff sale. In its complaint, the bank claims the center is $7.06 million in default of its mortgage and is asking the judge to appoint Baker Young Corp. as receiver. The property is also in default of a $574,000 Urban Redevelopment Authority loan issued in 2012.

Open since 2009, the August Wilson Center offers multiple exhibition galleries, a 486-seat theater for performances in all genres, an education center for classes, lectures and hands-on learning, as well as dazzling spaces for community programs and events. A significant portion of the $40 million cost of the project was financed through public and private foundations.

Photo credits: www.perkinswill.com