Target Stays Focused on East Liberty Store
Spatter, Sam, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
East Liberty may soon have a major national retailer -- possibly a Target discount store -- at the site now housing the Penn Circle Apartments.
Before any retail development begins, residents must be relocated from the Penn Circle complex, which is scheduled for demolition.
"We are generally interested in the East Liberty area," said Joshua Thomas, a Target spokesman. Normally, Target does not announce new stores until about one year prior to its opening, he said.
The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority recently approved $550,000 for operation of the apartment facility until its 36 residents relocate, many of them to Fairfield Apartments, a complex under construction at the site of the previously-demolished Liberty Park apartments.
Authority board members were advised that the first phase of Fairfield should be complete within several months and it, along with other East Liberty apartment projects such as Penn Manor and Negley Neighbors, will become the new home for the tenants by March 2008.
"The actions taken are a culmination of what can happen when public and private interests align themselves to make good social and economic changes," said Rob Stephany, URA deputy executive director and former director of East Liberty Development Inc. …