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Summerset at Frick Park and Woods House Redevelopments Before URA Board Today

Press Release
June 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 14, 2018) - Two significant redevelopment projects in the City of Pittsburgh are set to go before the Board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) today.

The URA Board will consider an agreement with Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC) to provide engineering design services for grading and public improvements for Phase III of the Summerset at Frick Park development in Swisshelm Park. With Board approval, CEC will provide the design for rough grading, roadways and access, retaining walls, water lines, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, street lighting, landscaping, and other public improvements. Phase III will be the final phase and completion of the Summerset at Frick Park project.

Another resolution will ask the Board to accept a redevelopment proposal for the historic Woods House and adjacent property in Hazelwood, an 11,606-square-foot site. In September 2017, the URA entered into exclusive negotiations with Oak Moss Associates, LLC (Oak Moss) for the sale of the Woods House.

With approval, today’s Board action will authorize URA to execute a disposition contract by sale to Oak Moss for the Woods House property, as well as an adjacent vacant lot, for $25,000, to be redeveloped into a Scottish inspired restaurant and pub. Oak Moss’ vision is to create a vibrant community asset and gathering place that pays homage to Hazelwood’s rich history.

The proposed restaurant will be approximately 2,000 square feet, with a total of 61 interior seats, and outdoor seating for 26. A porch addition will be constructed onto the west side of the existing structure, along with an addition to the south rear to accommodate the restroom, kitchen and mechanical areas.

Built in 1792, the Woods House is one of the few remaining eighteenth-century buildings in Pittsburgh. It was constructed by noted surveyor Colonel George Woods who laid out the City of Pittsburgh. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has a local historic designation. The site is subject to a historic preservation covenant approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).

The URA Board of Directors meets today at 2 p.m. in the Wherrett Memorial Board Room in the URA offices at 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219.

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