The West End’s Sheraden neighborhood may be the next Pittsburgh community to have a grocery store headed its way. The URA has voted to issue an RFP for the development of a grocery store at 2928 Sheraden Boulevard.
While there are food stores in the West End’s other neighborhoods, there is currently no full-service grocery store in Sheraden, which is the largest community in the city’s western region. There are also no seasonal Citiparks farmers markets in the West End.
Last December, using Community Development Block Grants and funds provided by Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, the URA bought the property and a nearby parking lot for $425,000.
Previous efforts by Mayor Ravenstahl and the URA have led to the successful development of an IGA grocery store in Beechview, which opened last year, as well as the Hill District’s planned Shop ‘n Save.
Councilwoman Kail-Smith says the RFP’s issuance demonstrates the City’s commitment to investing in neighborhoods.
“For the residents who have dedicated time and personal investment in Sheraden, this is the pivotal moment they have been waiting for and their faith in a revitalized Sheraden is about to become reality,” she said in a statement.
According to the URA’s Robert Rubinstein, the site is strategically located across from the K-8 Langley School and a short walk from the busway.
Proposals will be accepted by a grocer looking to acquire the property, renovate it and open a neighborhood-based store; a grocer to which the URA can lease the property to open a store; or a developer that would bring a grocer as its primary tenant. The RFP will be issued within the next several weeks.
There has been a flurry of other grocery store openings throughout the region in recent months, including an Aldi in the South Side, numerous Bottom Dollar Food stores, and a Good Cents Grocery store in Ross Township. And another Aldi store, a planned reuse of the former Day Baum Boulevard car dealership, is back on track in Friendship.
Last month, developer Cipriani & Werner PC announced that a Whole Foods Market is planned for the site of a former Consol office building in the South Hills. According to Justin Cipriani, it will be a mixed-use development with residential, retail, and restaurant components. The site is located at the northeast corner of Washington Road and Fort Couch Road in Upper St. Clair.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Justin Cipriani; Gigi Saladna