Mark Aloe of Aloe Brothers gave South Fayette Township commissioners an update Wednesday on the former Mayview State Hospital property.
After a public bidding process in early 2010, Aloe Brothers entered into an agreement to buy the 335-acre former hospital property and its buildings from the state in the amount of $505,505. That sale was finalized in March 2011.
Aloe said demolition and asbestos removal began shortly after the closing, and as of this month, 670,000 square feet of buildings have been either abated or demolished. He estimated that the abatement and demolition of all buildings will be completed by December 2013 and added that demolition permits have been obtained from the township for all but two buildings.
“We’re taking it very slowly and very carefully,” Aloe said of the demolition process.
Aloe said it will take another year of planning before any announcement is made as to what the property will become. In addition to removing the buildings and foundations from the property, old deep mines will also have to be removed in order to prepare new grading and infrastructure.
Aloe said his company is working with Howard Hanna real estate services to implement plans for development. Although no decision has been made as to what the property will become, Aloe said some ideas include housing, commercial operations, a corporate campus, light manufacturing, or high-tech and biotechnology manufacturing.
Resident Nick Rodi said he had heard about the possibility of mining at the site. Aloe replied that his company’s mining endeavors are north and south of Pittsburgh and there are no plans to mine at the former hospital site.
Aloe added that as far as what will go into the property, “It’s all based on market conditions. If I could look in a crystal ball, I’d gladly tell you.” He said that whatever is done with the property, it will be done in the “most environmentally friendly way possible.”