City commission to hear plans for Trust Building project

May 11, 2016
Washington Trust Building, at the corner of South Main and East Beau streets, is shown in this file photo. - Observer-Reporter Order a Print

A proposed project long on the drawing boards to rehabilitate one of downtown Washington’s landmark buildings will be discussed during a meeting of the city planning commission May 25.

According to a public notice published in Wednesday’s Observer-Reporter, commission members will discuss a conditional-use application for rehabilitation of Washington Trust Building at South Main and East Beau streets.

According to the notice, the project involves conversion of floors two through 10 in the building’s annex tower to accommodate 24 one-bedroom units and construction of a 74-car, two-level parking structure on the site of the existing building garage.

According to documents filed by Pittsburgh architecture firm Lab8 Designs on behalf of Trek Development Group with city Code Enforcement Officer Ron McIntyre, the project will retain commercial uses in the original six-story building as well as commercial space on the ground floor of the annex.

The description of work in the annex building matches the one given in December by Bill Gatti, president of Pittsburgh-based Trek Development, when he was vetting the project before the Local Share Account committee.

At the time, Gatti said he would add 24 apartments to the building’s annex tower, down from 45 units he proposed in 2012 when he was in the process of purchasing the building.

He said the project to add the apartments was estimated at $11 million, and he secured $8.6 million in private equity.

Gatti also said there would be space for some retail in the building.

Trek Development purchased the building from the Richman family in 2013.

The planning commission will meet at 7 p.m. May 25 in council chambers of City Hall at 55 W. Maiden St.

Michael Bradwell has been business editor for the Observer-Reporter since 1995, and was named editor of The Energy Report in 2012. He joined the newspaper in 1990 as a general assignment reporter in the Greene County bureau and has also worked as a copy editor. A 1974 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in English, he began his career at the Bedford (Pa.) Gazette. Prior to joining the O-R, he served as public relations director for Old Bedford Village, account executive at two Pittsburgh public relations agencies and copywriter for the country’s largest wholesaler of mutual funds.

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