In Oakmont a redeveloped brownfield site is extending the city to the riverfront. Known as
Edgewater at Oakmont
, the 34-acre development brings 240 new residences to this Allegheny River town.
The neighborhood is built on the former Edgewater Steel site. The vision of developers Kacin Companies and EQA Landmark Communities was to create a neighborhood that looked like it had always been there.
“It seamlessly is an extension,” says Jason Corna of Kacin Companies. Not only does exterior architecture resemble the town’s historic housing stock, but the Allegheny Avenue business district will continue along the Edgewater development, he says.
Edgewater’s first residents began moving in earlier this year. Corna expects 60 homes to be occupied homes by the end of the year.
Four acres along the Allegheny River have been developed as a riverfront park, with scenic overlooks and walking trails. Along with plans for a quarter-acre parklet within the neighborhood, and additional recreation lands, the riverfront park has been donated to the Borough of Oakmont.
The development offers single-family homes, townhomes, condos and carriage-style homes. Corna says this diversity in housing has attracted a range of buyers from ages 24 to 84.
And buyers have come from 12 different states.
“They're people that are coming to Pittsburgh for jobs, and have really taken to Oakmont because it reminds them of the quaint small-town areas that they came from,” a community that is walkable and near to amenities, Corna says.
Site remediation began in March of 2010, and home construction began in March of 2011.
Brett Malky, founder and president of EQA, grew up in Oakmont. His company was also a partner in Summerset at Frick Park, which is Pittsburgh’s largest traditional neighborhood redevelopment of a brownfield site. And Kacin Companies is also one of two builders at Summerset at Frick Park.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Jason Corna