Ground broken for Southpointe II ‘Express’

February 19, 2013
An artist’s rendering of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Ground was broken Monday for the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Southpointe II. This is the developer’s first endeavor in Washington County.

It likely won’t be the last.

“I think Washington County has tremendous opportunities for real estate development,” said Woody Weissinger, project manager for Northpointe Development Group LLC, based in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County.

He said Northpointe is investigating those opportunities. “We are primarily looking at ground within a mile of major arteries like Interstates 79 and 70.”

This is the company’s first real estate venture. It is a year-old firm that evolved out of an existing development business in the Greensburg area, and run entirely by Weissinger and the owners, Laura and Charles Aftosmis. The spouses are the project developers and Franjo Construction Corp. of Homestead is the contractor.

The three are supervising the construction of a four-story hotel with 90 guest rooms on Horizon Vue Drive, with a planned opening in early 2014. It will be a limited-service hotel, like the Homewood Suites below it, and will be constructed on 3.3 acres.

Northpointe had a March 1 deadline to begin site work.

This will be the third hotel in the mixed-use business and residential park. The Hilton Garden Inn, off Corporate Drive in the original Southpointe development, is the other.

The Holiday Inn Express also will feature a 1,375-square-foot meeting room, in a classroom style that can accommodate 75 people, and a board room for eight.

Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a business reporter in 2012. Previously, he was a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won numerous awards, including a Golden Quill, an O-R staff Golden Quill award, and four other writing awards during his 40 plus years working for daily newspapers. A lifelong Pittsburgher, he is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

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