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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.

Brett Russell February 10, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Simply embracing and enjoying what USC offers. No need to over analyze and over complicate. I feel fortunate I can raise my family in a great community. Not always perfect but what is? Chose to live hear and always have the choice to leave like anybody else.
Brett Russell February 10, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Ahhh yes my friend Jim!!! Arthur St. Clair would be proud
Justin C February 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Ft Couch will be right turn in and out only which will greatly limit traffic on that street to someone on headed to Rt 19. As such, no additional traffic lights are needed. There will be no reason or advantage to enter the residential portion unless you live there. Thanks for your thoughts.
B February 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Go ahead and move to one of our surrounding communities and let me know if you find lower taxes... because you will not and you will have a worse school system.
Single mom February 11, 2013 at 12:07 AM
I am an oustsider looking in unfortunately. I have arrangements for my daughter to receive a great education in USCSD, however I have to travel 30 minutes everyday for that education. The area doesn't allow for a hard working single mother to live in such an establishment. I only wish that I made 80-100,000 to be able to live in that wonderful community. Until then, I'll drive my child everyday to USC so that they may have the same opportunities as the other privileged children. I only hope that the new townhomes would be affordable to someone such as myself.
Mary Kay Petrini February 11, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Will the "empty nester" living be single floor living with addition sleeping on second floor? Any room for a golf course?
Jim February 11, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Single Mom, When did we start allowing outsiders in OUR great schools?? Are you using someone's address in USC to send your daughter here?? This calls for an investigation. Oren, can you look into this?
Jim February 11, 2013 at 12:38 AM
a "golf course" ? Now I have heard it all.
Justin C February 11, 2013 at 01:40 AM
there is one floor living w spare bedrooms on the 2nd fl. there is no room for a golf course.
Justin C February 11, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Yes Kim, the name and architecture is patterned after the Tuscan region of Italy where the architect studied. We hope you appreciate the style and attention to detail being created.
Justin C February 11, 2013 at 01:46 AM
The taxes when complete will be substantially more than the former usage-several hundreds of thoudands.
LongtimeUSC February 11, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Wow-I am with George and a 35 year resident of USC. I am embarrassed about what we have become. We have become wimpy residents complaining that the USCSD(all of my kids have received a great education) is not as good as Shady Side or upset that the kids have to go to school when it is cold, or that IB is a communist ploy and that the USC Recreation Center(which I was against until I visited and joined - try it Speigler) is not the USC Country Club(Which I have been a member and the USC Rec Center has better equipment, and overall better amenities/service with an indoor/outdoor pool). What have we become? I believe I must be part of the problem as my daughter now lives in Upper St. Clair and complains about the Schools and the Rec Center(Even though her child is in AP Course work, and her family is at the Rec Center almost everyday).What have we done to create these petty, spoiled children/residents? We have become what the nearby communities see. New development in USC, "I don't want new business, but do not raise my taxes and give me the best schools and recreation center". I then must reminder her of what life was like in the 1940's and growing up in New Jersey. Oren, grow up and stop wasting your time hiding behind your pointless pen. Oren, don't we elect government trusting them to make educated policy? The rest of us residents - look in the mirror - you are the fortunate ones.
Oren Spiegler February 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM
"Wow", Mr. or Ms Anonymous! "Spiegler" (Spelled "Spie...") would like to register a few thoughts: I believe our school system is as good as any, public or private; I do not support closing the schools due to chilly, typical winter weather; I did not support the damaging fight over the International Baccalaureate Programme, which is here to stay; I want new business (if we can find a way to manage the ensuing traffic), tax restraint, and good schools (and would have preferred no Recreation Center or one that is not as lavish as ours). You might be surprised by what my "pointless pen" has delivered over forty years of writing: associations and friendships with elected officials, influence with them, including calls and letters from imprisoned former State House kingpin H. William DeWeese, who unsuccessfully attempted to neutralize my opposition to him and his schemes, a State Senator telling me that I have served as a mentor, and articles about me and my unpaid "career" in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and Chicago Tribune. Is my pen "pointless", but yours not? Yes, we elect government officials to "make educated policy" as you put it, but please do not tell me that means we cannot and should not criticize them and contact them when we feel they have gone astray. Tell me you disagree with me; tell me I am wrong; do not tell me I have no right to voice my opinion. Heaven help us if we were to become a monolithic society in which dissent is squelched.
Ed M February 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM
It's St. Clair Country Club Duke.
LongtimeUSC February 11, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Yes, "Spieglering" is pointless and I am your equal. All I know is that you make no difference whatsoever and that your true blowhard cover has been, well, blown off. The entire community recognized what you are. If you do not like those in power, simply vote for your favorite, volunteer, run for something and do something with your life. Casting doubt about endless subjects that you obviously do not understand is exhausting and points to a very sad adult life without purpose or depth. Case in point, you continue to bash the USC Rec Center but you have never even stepped foot in it. Afraid of what you might find? I thought so. Maybe show up at the next USC School Board Meeting. Afraid of that as well? Let's read your next ridiculous blog that you have no complete understanding of. I am confident that you have not influenced a competent elected person in years. Your ignorance just makes us all laugh at this point. Is it true that you are a retired government employee and enjoyed those benefits that most of us will never see?
J.L. Wilson February 11, 2013 at 02:24 PM
I hope the people on Orr Road and Devonwood are ready for the increased traffic flow on their streets as people try to bypass the Rt. 19/Ft. Couch Road intersection. The traffic from this proposed new development will make the Ft. Couch traffic look like it is Christmas every day of the year. Can you imagine the gridlock at the corner of Rt. 19 and Ft. Couch, as everyone runs the red lights and blocks the intersection since they are much too important to wait through two red lights when there is high volume traffic?
Randy & Dar February 11, 2013 at 02:44 PM
So, if I understand correctly, Oren is saying that we can make a difference by getting involved in our community. Attending government and school board meetings would be a great place to start. So let's get involved. Getting back to the article at hand: The developers plan will be presented at the USC Planning Committee meeting at 7:30 on Feb 21 in the township building at 1820 McLaughlin Run Road. Will you be there? That's when and where we can learn more about the development of the former Consol site. Is this development good or bad for Upper St Clair? Can the plan be improved? Are there parts of this plan that will be bad for USC? Hope to meet all of you next Thursday evening. We can make a difference.
Chad Douglas February 11, 2013 at 04:27 PM
I just hope there are palm trees!
James February 11, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Actually, J.L., the traffic on Christmas Day is exceptionally light in that area. It is the weeks leading up to Christmas that causes the traffic jams. Good day ma'am.
Jim February 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM
OK you removed my post because of the Country Club comment, Thats ok. High Taxes to pay for country club like amenities - First Class Schools, First Class Public Facilities- First Class Police, First Class Public Works- STAINLESS STEEL bodies on the dump trucks really??? Talk about excessive spending, but what the heck it is Upper Arthur St. Clair. AND we all just want big houses and no noise and no traffic and no businesses. You don't need a golf course at the old Consol site, the whole community is like a country club. Just need some polo ponies - oh wait they might go to the bathroom outside in public!! The soccer moms rushing their spoiled children to every activity imaginable might get behind a polo pony on the road and possibly drive through a country tomato ! Buffy and Spencer would be scarred for life !!! I STILL WANT TO KNOW HOW "SINGLE MOM" IS SENDING HER DAUGHTER TO "OUR" SCHOOLS- ARE WE BILLING HER FOR THAT "SUPERIOR" EDUCATION??? Hey Oren, could you look into that ???
Jim February 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Palm Trees would work if we built little glass houses around them, we already have a lot of them here!!
Oren Spiegler February 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Yes, friends. Being involved and informed is one of the keys for citizens to avoid being run over by their governments. I have attended numerous school board meetings over the years, all of which were informative, but I regret to say that I came to the conclusion that I wasting my evenings because the members are going to do what they want to do without regard to the will of the community. I reached that conclusion with certainty during a meeting some years ago in which a beloved coach was dismissed over the passionate wishes of hundreds of individuals, including his devoted and tearful athletes. The Board members never felt an obligation to tell us why the coach was being dismissed. The problem in this community is getting good people to run for office, those who have some regard for the individual that pays the bills: the homeowner and wage-earner. I applaud your involvement!
USC for me February 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM
USC Love it or Leave it!
J.L. Wilson February 12, 2013 at 01:17 PM
It's a shame that for so much "commentary" in this thread, there is so little offered as to the merits of this proposed retail/office/residential plan. Disagree with another poster's opinion? Fine. But try and come up with some civil, substantive comments to advocate for the opposite view and leave the personal attacks out of it. Otherwise, go to one of the district's Blue Ribbon schools and sit through the anti-bullying campaign the students listen to. Reading the comments of some of the "adults" on this board, it's easy to see why the schools need to be telling their children not to bully each other. Remember: "Better to be thought a fool than to open your [cyber] mouth and remove all doubt."
Jim February 12, 2013 at 07:51 PM
J.L. Wilson, You are correct. I think the redevelopment of the former Consol location will be a good thing. It will bring in more tax revenue, create more jobs, and even have some smaller more economical housing. It would be a nice place to live, you can walk to shopping and entertainment venues and restaurants. And your automobile can stay parked because public transportation is close by as well. Some people hate change, just as the residents of Upper St. Clair probably complained when it went from rural farmland to a built up upper crust residential community. Commercial developments pay a fortune in School taxes so that the great schools in the district can continue and maybe without yearly millage increases. This would surely make some of the residents happy. BUT I STILL WANT TO KNOW HOW "SINGLE MOM" IS GETTING HER DAUGHTER AN USC EDUCATION IF SHE DOESN'T LIVE HERE???? IS SHE PAYING SOMEONE OFF?? OR MAYBE WE SHOULD CHARGE OUTSIDERS TUITION TO GO TO OUR GREAT SCHOOLS. Might be another revenue stream!
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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