Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Northway Plans Include Nordstrom Rack, Not Costco

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Northway Plans Include Nordstrom Rack, Not Costco

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Changes proposed for the former Northway Mall include a Nordstrom Rack and a 100-car parking garage, but Costco apparently will not be among the new tenants.

LRC Development Co., which purchased the mall and the adjacent site of the demolished Northway Elementary School, said that Nordstrom Rack is a definite tenant, but the company was unable to make the site work for a Costco. Both had been mentioned as possible new tenants.

Marshall's, PetSmart and the Fox and Hound restaurant are the only current tenants that will remain.

The Ross zoning hearing board will visit the McKnight Road site, now called the Shoppes at Northway, to see the lay of the land before deciding whether the new owners of the property can deviate from township zoning laws in five areas.

Members voted 5-0 on May 13 to table five variance requests until they visit the site on McKnight Road. The board's next meeting is June 10.

LLC wants to build a retail development that includes the current buildings and potentially three other sites on the property.

One variance would allow LRC to allow more than one building, structure or use to occupy one zoning lot. Currently, the property has two separate lots in addition to the mall. Combining them would give LRC the "ability to have multiple parcels without having to subdivide them," said Bill Sittig, attorney for the developer.

"We are just trying to do it as a unified center instead of individual parcels," he said. "We don't want separate side and front yards and landscape buffering instead of parking."

But zoning board members worried about giving LRC blanket authorization to develop without returning to the board with definite plans. The only plans presented so far involve renovations and one new tenant for the current mall property, not the other parcels.

Another variance would eliminate the side yard requirement between buildings, while the other three involve parking. …

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