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Plans Revealed for Former Consol Headquarters Site

Whole Foods, townhomes and more are part of a master plan for the corner of Route 19 and Fort Couch Road.

A master plan for 1800 Washington Rd., the former Consol Energy headquarters site on the corner of Route 19 and Fort Couch Road, has been submitted to Upper St. Clair Township officials for final approval.

A Whole Foods Market is planned along Route 19. More than half of the parking would be underground along with all the deliveries and trash processing to minimize noise, according to developer Gerard Cipriani.

Townhomes are tucked in the back of the development, closest to Fort Couch Road, according to the submitted drawings. The townhomes would target empty nesters.

The third planned structure is a shopping center that would have three types of tenants—retail, restaurant and office—in a two-level structure, which is about the same height as the old office building, according to Cipriani.

"We are utilizing the same two-level parking configuration as Consol did, which minimizes excavation noise and dirt and hides activity when built from neighbors," Cipriani said. 

The planned name for the complex is Siena.

"We believe we have created a plan our township will embrace. When complete, Siena will be the jewel in the crown that is Upper St. Clair," Cipriani, an Upper St. Clair resident, said.

Cipriani's team will present the details to the planning commission on Feb. 21. Follow Upper St. Clair Patch for updates.

Demolition of the former office building began in October 2012. Upper St. Clair commissioners approved an amendment to allow mixed-use development on the site in October 2011.

Miranda February 17, 2013 at 04:40 PM
I would hope that a right turn lane will be added at the Ft Couch intersection as well as 2 lanes back as far as Warwick to address the increased traffic. We already often have traffic back up halfway to Warwick without the additional commercial property. Something also needs to be done to adjust the light at Abbeyville Ext to let more than 7 cars out at a time. With more Trader Joe's, Chik-Fil-A, and the nursery school traffic after 5 PM using that route it is often backed up the whole length of the connector.
Randy & Dar February 17, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Will we see you Thursday night at 7:30?? I'll be shocked if there's a right turn lane added on Fort Couch no matter how bad we need one. Get ready for traffic jams. How does +/-400K for a townhouse sound for reasonable living choices? Come hear about them Thursday night. I do not know Single mom’s situation do you? Is the childs dad a resident of USC? Is her child's school district paying for the cross districting? But, does it concern you that some empty nesters may move into the new development, so their grandchildren can move into the spare bedrooms, so they can go to our school district? Hope to see you next Thursday evening at 7:30 in the township building.
Randy & Dar February 18, 2013 at 02:29 PM
The Planning Committee meeting is this Thursday (Feb 21, 2013) at 7:30, not next Thursday evening. I imagine all who attend will hear many surprising details about the developers plan. This will be a good opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns.
bob balmer March 02, 2013 at 06:19 PM
This is just not true! The building was inadequate for what Consul wanted to do. Plus South-point offered them a great deal to move there.
Robert Aumer March 03, 2013 at 12:35 PM
There are no merits to the proposed development. I am embarrased for the developer, officials that have approved this, and any 'design' professional associated with it (if they can really call themselves that). 'Siena''? Really? Where are we? Epcot?

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