Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

McCandless Crossing Continues to Open New Businesses

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

McCandless Crossing Continues to Open New Businesses

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With Dick's Sporting Goods, Home Goods and the 12-screen Cinemark Theatre now open, McCandless Crossing continues to progress with leasing and construction.

Project manager Bob McGurk said the development's fourth and final phase plans to celebrate the Dec. 1 opening of Panera Bread.

Currently under construction, Longhorn Steakhouse is slated to open Jan. 15, and Trader Joe's is likely to open in mid-February.

Other businesses, including Bonefish Grill, Chipotle, Hat's Off Hair Design, Massage Envy Spa, First Watch, Carrabba's Italian Grill and BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, are under construction and planning to open in the spring or early summer, said Mr. McGurk.

The centerpiece of the McCandless Crossing development will be its Town Center. Proposals for that project include an 80-by-160- foot town green in the center of the plaza, as well as another 80- by-160-foot area, which would represent the civic art portion of the development and feature a four-sided town clock and a ground-level water fountain.

Bruce Betty, McCandless land use administrator and zoning officer, said McCandless Crossing, which straddles McKnight Road, was designed to be accessible, walkable and convenient.

As part of the new town center, the first three structures of the The Residences at McCandless Crossing, which offer 53 Ryan Homes townhomes, are completed. The fourth building is under construction.

Farther north on McKnight, a Wal-Mart Super Center; which would include a grocery store with fresh produce and dairy, a bakery and a deli, and general merchandise and apparel, is still in the planning phase, despite opposition from a residents' group.

Citing problems with Wal-Mart's development plans, Citizens of McCandless' attorney, Dwight Ferguson, told Senior Judge Joseph M. James of Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on Oct. 27 that the approval process did not allow enough time for residents to react before it went before council. …

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