Soon the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline will be able to be seen from the window of a five-star hotel on top of Mt. Washington.
One Grandview Avenue, replacing the unoccupied Edge Restaurant, is set to have a preliminary vote from City Council on the zoning next Wednesday before a final vote the following Tuesday. The 20-story building at the intersection of Grandview Avenue and Wyoming Street in Mt. Washington will include a 110-room luxury hotel and 50 condominiums. Connecting the hotel and condos will be two restaurants, a spa/fitness center, meeting rooms and a grand public terrace looking out to the Monongahela River side of the Pittsburgh skyline.
Developer Steve Beemsterboer and architect Luke Desmone, of Lawrenceville-based Desmone and Associates Architects
, continue to seek community input and are aiming for a LEED Silver rating for the project.
"There is so much excitement and enthusiasm from the people. There's overwhelming community support to have something nice where the vacant Edge Restaurant is," says Christopher J. Beichner, executive director of Mount Washington Community Development Corporation
The project, expected to cost $80 to $100 million, has been in planning for nearly 12 years, and has received support from the MWCDC and the Department of City Planning
. The estimated completion date is not yet set.
"The project will revitalize the neighborhood and city," says Beichner. "It's huge for Mount Washington and the city of Pittsburgh."
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Writer: Sam Bassett
Source: Christopher J. Beichner, executive director, Mount Washington Community Development Corporation