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Cranberry Reviewing Plans for New Retail Development, Restaurant

Cranberry Crossroads West is proposed to be located next to the new Dick’s Sporting Goods store.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, La-Z-Boy Furniture, Noodles & Company, GetGo and more all have opened within the last few months at the Cranberry Crossroads development on Route 228, but construction near Cranberry’s latest shopping plaza isn’t done yet.

Cranberry planning officials are reviewing plans submitted by ECHO Realty, the Pittsburgh-based real estate company that developed the complex, for Cranberry Crossroads West.

Plans for the anticipated space include 12,106 square feet of retail space and a 5,500 square foot restaurant on 4.4 acres of property located adjacent to the Cranberry Crossroads shopping complex.

The proposed multi-tenant retail space would abut the La-Z-Boy furniture store, according to Ron Henshaw, Cranberry’s director of community development. The restaurant would be located in a separate building in front of the complex.  

Already, the developers have a potential leaseholder for the restaurant.

Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza, which features “well-done” pizzas, wings and other Italian dished cooked on an 800-degree coal-burning oven, has submitted a liquor license transfer application to the township for the space. The hearing for that transfer is expected to take place at the Cranberry Board of Supervisors meeting on March 27.

Planning Advisory Commission members on Monday reviewed plans for Cranberry Crossroads West at their workshop meeting with the expectation of voting on whether to green light the development at their next meeting at 6 p.m. Monday March 4. The plans then would move on to the Cranberry Board of Supervisors for final approval.

However, Henshaw recommend the planning commission hold off on giving their stamp of approval to the plans until the developers work though several design challenges, specifically how the new development—and its streetscape enhancements—would tie in with the current Cranberry Crossroads complex.

“It is important for you to be able to see how that is going to look and feel and run together in a way that makes sense,” Henshaw said to commission members Monday.  

Other challenges include figuring out how Mackenzie Way, the route leading between the La-Z-Boy furniture store and the separate complex containing the Noodles & Company and Verizon stores, will tie in with McElroy Road, which is scheduled to be vacated once PennDOT has built new ramps leading from Route 228 to Interstate 79.

Henshaw said the township plans to meet with the developers later this week to discuss the concerns in more detail.

What do you think of plans for the new Cranberry Crossroads West development? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Trina February 26, 2013 at 12:46 PM
I think Cranberry has enough Pizza places,banks and drug stores....
Giacomo February 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Has anybody seen the plans? Do they include any new exits off of I-79 to the north of the 228 exit? The north Cranberry neighborhood folks might not want to go anywhere near the perpetual mayhem at I-79 & PA-228 just to get access to I-79. Just a thought...
Mary February 26, 2013 at 01:22 PM
We NNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDDDD a Cracker Barrel.....
Janet Butler February 26, 2013 at 02:34 PM
We definitely need a Cracker Barrel, NOT ANOTHER PIZZA PLACE!!!
Scott February 26, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Carabas and Bone Fish, that's what we really need. Not another Bob Evans like restaurant.
Amy February 26, 2013 at 04:03 PM
How about an LA Fitness!
kfs February 26, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Scott, Both Carrabbas and Bonefish are opening this summer at McCandless Crossing. (Happy to see something new coming to McKnight Road since we now come to Cranberry every weekend for a decent place to eat dinner.)
kfs February 26, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Sorry, construct for the restaurants may start summer of 2013.
TAG February 26, 2013 at 04:36 PM
HomeGoods!!! BoneFish Hobby Lobby
VeggieMama February 26, 2013 at 05:56 PM
No more restaurants! What about a department store? Sephora? Gap? Anything but a restaurant.
The Watcher February 26, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I doubt this site would be able to accommodate a building of that size.
Patty Gee February 26, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Every restaurant that opens in this area is always packed. I haven't even been to many of them because when we try to get in, there's at least a half hour or more wait every time. So they will keep building them, as they are proven cash cows.
Jen February 26, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Anthropology - restoration hardware... Some clothing stores. Enough with all the food and average retail shopping options.
Christine Iwanski February 26, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Can. We. Please. Fill the vacant storefronts first before building new ones? We're going to be the next Monroeville if people aren't careful
The Watcher February 26, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Aside from the old Kuhn's and Rite Aid spaces, what else is vacant that needs filled?
Christine Iwanski February 26, 2013 at 07:33 PM
The old king's the vacant storefronts in freedom square, the vacant storefronts by where safari Sam's used to be....
Cece Peterson February 26, 2013 at 09:17 PM
... the vacant storefronts between the vacant Kuhn's and Babies R Us...
Colleen Peirce February 26, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Hey lets cover every square inch of Cranberry in concrete and buildings!!!! Grass, peace and quiet, and open spaces are highly over rated!!!!!
Mag Gallant February 27, 2013 at 09:47 AM
Whatever happened to the Aldi's that was to be built at Rowan Rd. and Rt. 19?
Greg February 27, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Cranberry is already the new Monroeville
Greg February 27, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Youll have to go to Grove City....its the new Cranberry
Mary February 27, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I heard that the Aldi's developer had problems with the DOT on his entrances to their stores.....not sure what the status is on their application, but it if hasn't been built after all these years it probably won't be!
PVS February 27, 2013 at 05:32 PM
The old Safari Sam's is now occupied by Revolution Physical Therapy... They took the entire space.
Greg February 27, 2013 at 07:54 PM
A stand alone Macys would be good...
Gretchen Lee February 28, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Here is a thought, how about nothing! No more shops or restaurants or anything else. I think we have too much of everything here, for a place that 40 years ago had nothing but farms and wide open space.

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