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Office Space, Grocery Store, Restaurant Among Potential Ideas for Shoppes at Northway

Residents are invited to hear more at a public meeting with the developer on Dec. 5.

Ross Township  and West View  residents will get their first glimpse at what may be planned for the Shoppes at Northway when Akron-based developer Levey and Company holds a public meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the upper level of the mall, just outside the entrance to Dick's Sporting goods.

, according to Commissioner Peter A. Ferraro.

"It looks very promising on paper, this could be a very good development for the township," Ferraro told his fellow commissioners Monday night. "I'm talking millions of dollars for the township." 

Ferraro said the plans are very preliminary, and far from finalized.

"They don't have any firm contracts yet, what they've discussed has been hypothetical. It's going to be relocating some of the establishments up there, they're talking about professional office space for doctors and lawyers, they're talking about a restaurant, they're talking about another grocery store," he said. "They have some big plans, I would recommend you try to attend the meeting on the 5th."

Ferraro said plans for the former school, now the temporary home of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, have yet to be revealed.

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Ferraro said anyone wanting to attend the Dec. 5 meeting should call the township at 412-931-7055 to give planners an idea of how big an audience to expect.

The Shoppes at Northway went on the market in June after Jefferson-Pilot Investments, acting on behalf of the original mortgage lender, bought back the Shoppes at Northway at an Allegheny County Sheriff's Sale on May 7. 

The Shoppes at Northway are currently home to Dicks's Sporting Goods, PetSmart, Marshalls, Aldi's,  and a number of other, smaller shops. However, it also was home to Borders, which closed in 2011.

The 385,000-square-foot shopping center complex at 8000 McKnight Road, which has been a local landmark since it was built in the 1960s, went on the block  in October 2011. 

The mall had been in receivership since February and is being managed by Compass Advisory Partners LLC

The mall is believed to be the first indoor mall in Pennsylvania and among the first indoor malls to open in the United States. 

What would like the developer to do with the Shoppes at Northway? Tell us in the comments box below.

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McKnightmare November 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
You preservationists need to calm it down. You'd rather have a building sit empty and go to pot, instead of razing it, erecting a Walmart that would bring jobs and money to the area. It's only a 50 year old structure, hardly worth being historical no matter what angle you look at it. Take a picture, tear it down, move on.
deborah kresen November 29, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Forget Walmart! This would only create more of a traffic nightmare, we already deal with! We need to bring quality back to this area! Quality shopping has moved north to cranberry!! We need to consider attracting good quality business to this area. There are enough dollar stores around, we don't want to end up like Eastland Shopping Center! Why not use the historical aspect of the mall as a draw? The significance of it having been the first mall in the USA , demonstrates uniqueness and could draw the out of town shopper, and could be used as an advertising strategy. We want to improve the area, to attract people to want to shop in the North Hills which would provide jobs, revenue, and increase real estate values. In 1978, when I first moved to the North Hills, Johnny Garneau's restaurant overlooked McKnight road and Horne's Department Store, was in the mall. It was an asset to have this quality merchant and independent restaurant close at hand. Dick's has remained a quality store and hope it stays.Let's look to improve the area not cheapen it with Walmart who is keeping China going strong!
David December 03, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Wow! People talking about "what used to be" in a development story! I assume that there is a REASON that these restaurants are no longer here. If someone is considering investing in your community, why would they be considring something that has already been a proven failure here? An old mall as a tourest attraction? Come on, let's think about the future here! There is certainly value in some of Mr. Baret's suggestions to help draw a younger crowd (FYI, I am in my mid-50's, so that is not self serving). However, McKnight Road is a RETAIL corridor and we badly need some updated retail on the main road to complement the retail at Ross Park Mall. We really do not need more mattress stores, Dollar Stores, Goodwill stores, Big-Lots and other low end retail on this previously high-end retail corridor. Those are all great stores to have, but much better suited for the Babcock Blvd. corridor or Rt. 19. Wal-Mart would be a great McKnight Road addition, but they have their own land already purchased and just need the old line's on the Commission to get out of the way. A nice higher end mixed use development at Northway would be great with some good retail supplemented with some restaurants, entertainment, a GOOD hotel and even a nice office complex would make a great anchor for this end of the Ross Township portion of McKnight Road and might signal at least a slowing down of everything of value moving a couple miles north of us.
John December 03, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I'm all for keeping the mall alive, but I want to see what the plans are. I live in the adjacent neighborhood and we already have too many cars using us for a shortcut.
doglover1 January 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM
I would love to see a Longhorn restaurant and for Aldi's to stay there.

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