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Architect, Engineer Present Plans for New Mixed-Use Development in the South Hills

The new Target has delayed a vote on the plan.

The architect and an engineer working on the proposed mixed-use development on the corner of Fort Couch and Washington roads presented a detailed plan to the Upper St. Clair Planning Commission Thursday night.

The Siena at St. Clair proposal, located where the Consol Energy headquarters used to be, is comprised of 42 percent non-residential space, 32 percent residential space and 26 percent open space.

The non-residential space includes a proposed Whole Foods Market along Washington Road. More than half of the parking spots would be underneath the grocery store.

No other tenants were revealed during Thursday's presentation, however, developers showed plans for a drive-through coffee shop.

"It's very early on," said engineer Dale Earl. 

Earl said tenants are normally reluctant to make commitments before the plan gets government approval.

The Tribune Review reported Wednesday night that Starbucks and Burgatory were working with the developers.

The residential area includes 33 units—patio homes with mainly first-floor living space and a row of townhomes.

There are two entrances included on the master plan, one on Washington Road and the other—a right-in and right-out entry—on Fort Couch Road.

The developers requested the planning commission table any action on their plan Thursday night, partly because PennDOT is requiring a new traffic study to be performed after the new Target is open for a certain number of days. 

Architect Justin Cipriani described the development as a "pedestrian-friendly community." He said the architecture would have a Mediterranean feel, with the use of a lot of stone, aged brick, stucco, warm wood and antique-like lighting.  

Earl said they hope to achieve an LEED Silver certification. 

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