A South Fayette Township mixed-use retail and residential development received a $4 million state grant to begin site work for the initial phase of retail construction this spring.
According to a news release from state Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, the Newbury Market development received the grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which provides grants to local communities for the construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.
In September 2008, Allegheny County officials, along with then Gov. Ed Rendell joined township officials to break ground for Newbury, a $450 million, 301-acre mixed-use brownfield redevelopment along Interstate 79 south near the Bridgeville exit.
The project includes Newbury Market, featuring 1.2 million square feet of retail, offices and Newbury Village, an apartment as well as Newbury, a residential neighborhood.
In 2011, commitments were announced for a 125-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel, and a 96,000-square-foot Giant Eagle for areas adjacent to Newbury Market.
In October 2012, 84 Lumber Co. opened a new, two-story store with a showroom and warehouse at 8400 Presto Sygan Road, replacing an older store that was razed to make way for an entrance to the market project. The lumber company is also supplying materials to Newbury, the planned residential community of about 400 single-family and townhomes being developed behind the market project.
The RCAP grant, along with high-occupancy traffic permits issued in October by PennDOT, will enable Bridgeville-based EQA Landmark Communities to begin work in the spring on the next phase of 1 million square feet of offices, retail and a hotel, when crews will complete major work, including new traffic signals and other upgrades on Route 50, Washington Pike and Presto Sygan Road.
Eric Newhouse, project manager for EQA Landmark, was not available for comment Friday.
The plan also calls for an apartment complex and a small shopping center called the Gateway Shops along Route 50.
The shopping center is seen as the initial piece in the first phase of the development of Newbury Market, and will include two buildings. One will be a 23,000-square-foot space that will house “small shop retail,” including a restaurant, bank, medical offices and financial services. The other structure will be a 2,000-square-foot coffee shop with drive-through lane.
The project is part of Newbury Village, a mixed-use development that will contain 250 garden apartments, a clubhouse and pool.
South Fayette Township Board of Commissioners President Deron Gabriel said in a statement the RCAP grant will help to “bring us closer and closer to reaching full development potential” in what has been a six-year effort by the township and state representatives to support the Newbury Market project.
“The residents of South Fayette Township have been crying out for more dining and retail options, and Newbury Market represents the fruit of our unwavering focus,” he said.
“Not only does the state’s sizeable investment show that the project is headed in the right direction but it affirms South Fayette Township as a credible and important place in which to invest right now,” White said.