Meadows Landing outpatient center project proceeding on schedule

Ryan Welsch

About a mile apart and separated by a valley, the Meadows Landing and Old Mill projects are percolating.

Construction continues at both properties along Route 19 in South Strabane Township, slightly south of two other mixed-use developments: the partly completed Park Place of the Meadowlands and The Street at The Meadows.

The steel skeleton of Washington Health System’s outpatient center is forming at Meadows Landing, a 204-acre expanse off the southbound lanes of Washington Road. Ground was broken in mid-September and work began shortly thereafter.

“We’re on schedule for opening next October,” said Gary Weinstein, WHS president and chief executive officer.

Tri-State Surgery will occupy about 19,000 of the 51,000 square feet of the project. The center and the offices of Washington Ear Nose & Throat will be relocating to a more spacious facility than their current home on Leonard Avenue in Washington.

The building also will feature WHS Women’s Diagnostic Center; offices of Southwestern Gastroenterology Oncology Associates; Keystone Anesthesia Associates; and other physicians’ offices that have not been determined.

Meadows Landing also will be the new home for the Washington Area Teachers Federal Credit Union and a GetGo convenience store/gasoline station.

Harmony Medical Holdings, a group headed by Dr. Howard Goldberg, raised $2.47 million for the relocations and expansion of the health care facilities. Washington Health System will be 25 percent minority owner of that project.

To the south, Old Mill is streaming along. Construction likewise is proceeding at the site of The Foundry, the doomed mixed-use project that – literally – was undermined by subsidence issues six years ago.

Four businesses opened, but three fled when shifting earth damaged their buildings. Max & Erma’s restaurant was unscathed and for years was the only business on the site, until the Olive Garden restaurant moved in a year ago.

No new tenants have signed on, but that may be imminent, said Andy Boyd, senior asset manager for the Staenberg Group, a shopping center developer that is in charge of the Old Mill.

Boyd would not name names, but said last week, “we’re close on leases and letters of intent. I would think an announcement will be made fairly soon.”

Shop going online

The sweet smell of success is leading to the departure of a sweet smelling store.

Artemis Botanicals will be closing Dec. 31 in the Shoppes at Quail Acres in North Strabane Township. But, after 12 years there, the bath and body business is not shutting down.

“It will be an online store and I’m redoing my website,” said owner Terri Neil, who has conducted business in her shop and online, but will soon do it only at a tweaked artemisbotanicals.com.

Neil, who lives and works in North Strabane Township, said, “I guess I’m going in a different direction. I have a tremendous business and wanted to focus more on the online. It’s very exciting and I’m looking forward to it.”

Artemis Botanicals has been in Quail Acres for 12 years, at a more modest and leisurely paced venue than where Neil previously set up shop. That was New York City, where she sold similar items from a kiosk in Grand Central Station.

Bowles Rice addition

Ryan S. Welsch has joined the regional law firm Bowles Rice as an attorney in the energy department of its Southpointe office. He received his law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law and holds a bachelor of science degree in finance from Penn State University.

Sell land or expand?

Bill Gray Jr. liked the convenience store/fueling station next door.

“I’m already missing the GetGo because I can’t go over for a Coke. All of my employees are mad because they can’t go there,” said the owner of Bill Gray Volvo on Route 19 in Peters Township.

The GetGo closed Wednesday night, per edict from Giant Eagle, its parent. This was hours before Giant Eagle opened its new Market District Express a half-mile down – featuring GetGo gas – early the next morning.

Gray, however, owns the property on which the former GetGo sits, along with two to three acres to the north. He has owned that land for several years, through another company he owns, DNK Realty. But he isn’t sure what he’s going to do with it.

“I put (the land north of GetGo) for sale a while ago and got some interest, but no deals yet. It could be for expansion. We haven’t decided,” he said.

Gray said he bought that property on speculation and that it provides 600 feet of frontage.

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