Developer Dennis Benner is proceeding with his long-held plans for a 7-story building at Third and New streets in Bethlehem.
Benner originally intended six floors of offices with first-floor retail on the corner but his new plans submitted to the city show one floor of retail, four floors of offices and two floors of apartments.
His plans will go before the South Bethlehem Historic Conservation District for review at 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall.
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The Mormon Church plans to build a 32-story apartment tower and a public meetinghouse on a vacant lot next to the Vine Street Expressway, filling in a key piece of the no-man’s-land that has long separated Center City and North Philadelphia’s rebounding neighborhoods.
The private development by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints calls for 258 apartments, 13 townhouses, and retail shops at 16th and Vine Streets.
The meetinghouse will have a chapel, courtyard, multipurpose space, and a center to research genealogy, said Michael Marcheschi, senior real estate manager for the church’s national special projects department.
The development, announced Wednesday by Mayor Nutter and church officials, will stand next to the Mormon temple under construction on Vine Street and set for completion in 2016.
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Colteryahn Dairy in Carrick is the only remaining dairy in Pittsburgh — a fact not known to many, an economic development official said.
“It’s easy to drive by without noticing,” said Kathleen Keating, a project manager at Economic Development South.
The nonprofit group is spearheading an effort to establish the Carrick Dairy District to spotlight the dairy on Brownsville Road and attract other businesses, such as ice cream and chocolate shops, that would complement the dairy.
At a community meeting on Tuesday, Economic Development South, which has been working with neighbors, business owners and city representatives on the plan for about a year, will show revised architectural renderings of the proposed dairy district and hear feedback about what people want to see in the district.
The company that bought the huge No. 1 building at the Reading Outlet Center gave the city a first glimpse Thursday of its plans.
Those include business and commercial space on the first floor, about 150 market-rate apartments on the second through fourth floors and penthouse office space on the top floor of the building at Ninth and Douglas streets.
They also include razing the northwest corner of the block-sized building to erect an attached parking garage with more than 250 spaces, an interior courtyard with playground equipment, lighting and fountains, and security guards monitoring the entire complex.
“Our plan was well received and we are excited to move forward,” said Bill Hynes, a Nazareth, Northampton County-based real estate developer who’s part of Think Loud Development.
Downtown Pittsburgh skyscrapers are filling up fast. Occupancy rate in many buildings is in the 90 percent range. This is a drastic change from a few years ago when many buildings had high vacancy rates. Owners were making deals with tenants to keep them.
Now landlords are naming their price and tenants are willing to pay the asking rates. Several large buildings have come off the market after investors decided they could not reinvest anywhere else and get a better return than in downtown Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, New York and San Francisco had the largest increases in average office rents in the fourth quarter of 2010.
The Gateway Center Complex (four buildings) was recently taken off the market as well as the 32-story EQT Tower. The owners decided retaining ownership was in their best interest given Pittsburgh’s bullish market.
Eleven Stanwix Street has gone from a 50 percent to a 94 percent occupancy rate. The building is now up for sale but the owner is still receiving calls to lease space. The Oliver Building and the Regional Enterprise Tower are also for sale. The USX Tower (Pittsburgh’s tallest building at 64-stories) is in the process of being sold and has reached a tentative agreement with the new group of investors. The purchase price is around $250 million according to the Wall Street Journal.
As occupancy rates climb and office space becomes scare, tenants are willing to pay higher rates to be in a full building (which is characterized as being in the upper 80 to lower 90 percentage leased category).