Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Workers began prepping for demolition this week at the former motel and banquet center.
Ryan Dzadony lives directly across the boulevard from the old Sewickley Country Inn and won’t mind seeing the place torn down. “It’ll be nice to see something nice there,” Dzadony said. Utility workers and crews were at the site on Tuesday prepping for the demolition of the old inn. MCM Ventures, the private developer, is overseeing the process. Borough officials have said it all boils down to safety. “Our police are there all the time. It’s an eyesore and it’s a safety hazard, and our residents deserve better,” Mayor Brian Jeffe said. As one final hoorah, the Country Inn was used during filming of the Jack Reacher movie starring Tom Cruise. From old jobs to wedding receptions, Patch readers are also sharing memories of the inn. What …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Tom Cruise filmed a car scene for 'Jack Reacher' at the former Country Inn. Borough officials say the structure on Ohio River Boulevard will come down.
A Sewickley landmark, most recently featured in the Tom Cruise action movie Jack Reacher, is scheduled to be demolished soon, according to borough officials. Sewickley Mayor Brian Jeffe said crews have been working since early January to remove asbestos from the former Sewickley Country Inn at 801 Ohio River Boulevard. Demolition is set for late January or early February. Borough officials deemed the building to be hazardous and unsafe. Sewickley police have responded to several trespassing complaints at the property, most recently when officers had to escort a group of teens off the premises. "As mayor, I couldn't permit the safety issue we have now," Jeffe said. MCM Ventures, the propery developer, agreed to have the building torn …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The retailer plans to build a store at the intersection of University Boulevard and Beaver Grade Road.
Motorists may have spotted it—a few Dumpsters and five or six trucks parked outside of the empty Sherwin-Williams building on Beaver Grade Road. The vacant storefront is the last remaining building in the former West Hills Shopping Center—the property was purchased by the Arkansas-based Walmart Inc. in 2007. The big-box retailer plans to build a 151,000 square-foot building on the land. And those waiting trucks might mean the company is taking another step toward construction of the store. Moon Township Planning Director Adam McGurk said the company is likely preparing to demolish the building. McGurk said Walmart has not yet applied for a demolition permit through the township. “They’ve hired a contractor to demolish the remaining …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Demolition efforts, visible from the adjacent street, continue on the property of the former state hospital.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Mayview State Hospital closed at the end of 2008, ending its 115 years as an institution for the mentally ill on its grounds in South Fayette and Upper St. Clair townships. It was the last such facility in Allegheny County. Many of the buildings are so close to Mayview Road that passing motorists can’t help but see their deteriorating condition, or the vegetation that has been overwhelming the property. They also have noticed that some of the structures now lie in rubble, victims of the proverbial wrecking ball. The state sold the property in 2010, and the owners are in the process of methodically removing what remains of the hospital’s 39 buildings, to make way for a new business park. The hospital, originally called Marshalsea, opened in…
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Council is working to demolish a boarded-up, vacant home at Pine Manor.
Bell Acres Council is one step closer to tearing down a blighted house at Pine Manor. Council approved a $6,800 contract Monday night with A.W. McNabb LLC to demolish 105 Pine Manor. The Burgettstown-based company offered the lower of two bids, with the other coming in at $9,700. Bell Acres received grant funding from the Quaker Valley Council of Governments to move forward with the demolition of the boarded-up two-story house. The structure sits off Camp Meeting Road at the entrance of Pine Manor, a private roadway in Bell Acres. Council Vice President David Renfrew said the property has been “an eyesore for the borough” for years. Once demolished, he hopes Bell Acres is able to get the title cleared so the property isn’t a complete loss …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The goal is to reuse the Civil-War era home for a youth education center.
The governing body of the Presbyterian Church, Sewickley has agreed to renovate a home known as “the pink house” as long as funding is available to pay the costs. According to a statement from church leaders, the session came to the decision during a special meeting the evening of Monday, April 23, a week before a set deadline to come up with a solution. “The session voted to state its desire to renovate the house at 202 Beaver Street for future use as a youth and education house for the church, provided that sufficient funds are obtained,” the church said in a statement. The session is made up of 24 members whose job is to make decisions on church construction plans and the future of the house. The Rev. Kevin Long, pastor of the church, …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
The Presbyterian Church, Sewickley plans a public meeting at 7 p.m. tonight to discuss plans for the pink mansion property on Beaver Street. The church purchased 202 Beaver St. on March 13 with plans to raze the property and build a youth fellowship and education center. Despite receiving a demolition permit from the borough, the church's governing board last month halted plans for 60 days in order to meet with the community and review the proposed plans. The Rev. Kevin Long, senior pastor, told Patch the governing board wanted to host a gathering of neighbors and community members before moving forward. The meeting will be held in the church sanctuary. In addition to reviewing plans, church leaders will answer questions and hear concerns…
Thursday, March 22, 2012
A meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 10 in the church sanctuary.
Church leaders have halted demolition of Sewickley's pink mansion for two months in order to meet with the community to review project plans. The Rev. Kevin Long, senior pastor at The Presbyterian Church, Sewickley, said the church’s governing board decided Tuesday night to play host to a gathering of neighbors and community members before moving forward. “After a long discussion, the session elected to delay the demolition for 60 days,” Long said. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. April 10 in the church sanctuary. Long said church leaders would attend to answer questions from the public and to hear their concerns and ideas. The church closed on its purchase of the property at 202 Beaver St. on March 13 and applied for a conditional use, …
Monday, January 16, 2012
Developer John Burger says the project is on track for end-of-the-year completion.
One final structure on the site of Esmark’s future $9 million global headquarters has been razed to make way for new construction. John Burger, developer and part owner of the Esmark Center, said the former Edgeworth Mews buildings were demolished Dec. 29 off Route 65 in Edgeworth. The buildings were believed to have been built in the 1920s. Burger also owns the self-storage units that were previously relocated from the Hazel Lane site to 1500 Railroad St. in Glen Osborne. Although the demolition is complete, the work site will not sit dormant over the winter. Burger said permits are in place and crews are set to continue moving forward on the development. Once the property is cleaned up a bit more, Burger said they'll be ready to start …