Report: Ohio Developer to Tear Down Former Northway Elementary

Replacing the school with a hotel is one of the options under consideration.

The Ohio developer, which is purchasing the Shoppes at Northway and the former Northway Elementary School, plans to tear down the school, and possibly replace it with a hotel.

“We will eventually demolish the school building and integrate that site into the total master plan of development,” Kevin Fallon, Levey & Company's vice president of development told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review .

He, and other sources, have confirmed that some thought is being given to a hotel there.

“We are kicking around a lot of possible development ideas for the mall and the school site, but no master plan has yet been developed,” Fallon told the Trib.


The school is currently the temporary home of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, which is building a new, permanent church in McCandless.

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Ross Township  and West View  residents can hear first hand what may be planned for the Shoppes at Northway and the school when Levey and Company holds a public meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the upper level of the mall, just outside the entrance to Dick's Sporting goods.


Ferraro said the plans are very preliminary, and far from finalized.

"They don't have any firm contracts yet, what they've discussed has been hypothetical. It's going to be relocating some of the establishments up there, they're talking about professional office space for doctors and lawyers, they're talking about a restaurant, they're talking about another grocery store," he said. "They have some big plans, I would recommend you try to attend the meeting on the 5th."

Ferraro said anyone wanting to attend the Dec. 5 meeting should call the township at 412-931-7055 to give planners an idea of how big an audience to expect.

What would like the developer to do with the Shoppes at Northway and Northway Elementary? Are you planning to attend Wednesday's meeting? Tell us in the comments box below.

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Richard Cook December 03, 2012 at 12:04 PM
From our Facebook page: Laurie Lancia Medfisch That will be such a sad day. So many wonderful memories there!
Richard Cook December 03, 2012 at 12:05 PM
More comments from Facebook: Lisa Sarver Stipetich Bad idea. We do not need that. How about a park for the kids
Diane Conover December 03, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I like Lisa's idea but the township saw dollar signs. Millions of them. There will not be a park on that location. I heard from a friend that Walmart was being conceited. I have not read it anywhere. So I am not sure if it was accurate. I know the township does not want a Walmart on McKnight road.
Samuel Judt December 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I'm not sure a Hotel would be much of a draw.Maybe a "Green" regional learning/activity center with park like area,water feature to soften up all the uninviting concrete mass in that area.Could ease the transition from residential area to the commercial area more effectively.
John December 03, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Residents of Swan Acres and the area behind the school are watching this one closely. The traffic in Swan Acres is already bad and the continued growth of McCandless Crossing isn't helping.


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