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Mt. Washington hotel project design approved

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Mt. Washington is one step closer to housing a new building. The final design plan for One Grandview, a $90 million hotel and condominium project, was approved last week by the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission.

Last February, the Pittsburgh City Council approved necessary zoning changes for the project, which is spearheaded by Sycamore Grandview Development Company. This is the Company's first Pittsburgh project. Beau Beemsterboer, project manager of One Grandview, said they decided to build here because they saw an opportunity.

"Pittsburgh seems to be going through another renaissance," Beemsterboer said. "There's a lot of energy for Pittsburgh's future and a lot of people working to sort of reinvent Pittsburgh once more. We just want to be a part of it."

One Grandview will be a 20-story high rise at the intersection of Grandview Avenue and Wyoming Street, home of the former Edge Restaurant. It will feature a 163-room hotel, as well as 58 condominiums. Two restaurants are planned, in addition to a fitness/wellness center, meeting rooms and a public terrace with downtown views. A 472-car parking garage will also be built.

As for design, Beemsterboer said they want to retain the neighborhood feel, but also be worldly and modern. "We had to build something iconic, something to bring attention to the city and be the feather in the city's cap in terms of hospitality construction," he explained.

Now that the design is approved, the search for investors begins. "We hope to have our financing in place by Spring 2011, at which point the site will be ready for construction," Beemsterboer said.

Demolition of the Edge Restaurant building, along with several other abandoned buildings, will begin soon to make room for One Grandview.

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Source: Beau Beemsterboer, Sycamore Grandview Development Company
Writer: Alex Audia
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