It seems like everywhere you look in Cranberry these days there’s a crane or a bulldozer at work on a new development.
According to township figures, about $120 million worth of construction has been completed, is underway or is planned for Cranberry in 2012.
A total of around 1.25 million square feet of non-residential space will be added to the area this year alone, including construction of retail, restaurant, office and religious buildings.
When the 2012 investment in private homes and public infrastructure are included, the total is more than $200 million. More than 2,000 new jobs in Cranberry also will result from all that development, according to township officials.
Here’s a look at a few of the upcoming developments, including renderings and photos, in Cranberry.
The Links of Cranberry and Cranberry Vista Apartments
On Oct. 25, the Cranberry Board of Supervisors gave final approval to the Links of Cranberry and Cranberry Vista Apartments, a new neighborhood to be located at the intersection of Freshcorn and Glen Eden roads near the Cranberry Highlands Golf Club.
Built in phases, the community will consist of 37 single-family homes, 46 townhouses and 252 apartment units. The neighborhood would have Traditional Neighborhood Development elements, which include extensive landscaping, parklets and pedestrian walkways. The plans also show a community center and a pool.
A roundabout—similar to the one in front of the Westinghouse headquarters in the Cranberry Woods business park—also will be added near the entrance to the neighborhood in the hopes of slowing down speeders along state-owned Glen Eden Road.
For a closer look at the new neighborhood, check out the renderings in the photo gallery.
Dentistry for Kids
Also getting the stamp of approval from supervisors in October was a new Dentistry for Kids building.
The owners of the pediatric dental center plan to raze the current building along Route 19. A new 6,340 square foot facility will be constructed in the space behind it.
Through the years, the current building has seen many uses. In the past, Absolute Primary Care leased space there and it also once was a family home.
Once the new, larger structure is completed, the older building will be demolished. Check out the renderings in the photo gallery.
Home2 Suites by Hilton
On Oct. 30, the Cranberry Planning Advisory Commission gave the green light to a Home2 Suites by Hilton to be located just below the Westinghouse Electric Company headquarters at the intersection of Longtree Way and Cranberry Woods Drive.
Creative Real Estate Development in Cranberry is the developer for the project. Described on the Hilton website as a “hip, extended stay hotel experience,” the four-story, 79-room hotel will feature all suites, with a small breakfast area in each room. There are no restaurants or bars inside the hotel.
Up next, Cranberry’s Board of Supervisors will review the plans and vote on whether to give them final approval. In the meantime, check out renderings for the hotel in the gallery.
The planning commission on Oct. 30 also OK’d plans for on Route 19.
Owned by GMR Restaurants of Pennsylvania LLC—a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants, Inc.—the Red Lobster will be about 5,880 square foot, seat 220 people and employee about 100 workers.
Located in the Cranberry mall, the King’s restaurant would be torn down. The new Red Lobster would be built from the ground up in its place. Earlier in October, Cranberry supervisors also unanimously approved an inter-municipal liquor license transfer for the seafood chain.
Attorney Mark Kozar has said construction for the new restaurant could begin by January. The proposed opening date for Red Lobster is July 2013. Renderings for the restaurant are included in the photo gallery.
Apartments at Cranberry Woods
Earlier this week, planning officials also reviewed conceptual plans for an apartment and townhome community to be located in the Cranberry Woods business park off Route 228.
Unofficially dubbed the Apartments at Cranberry Woods, the proposed community would include apartments, town homes and several “live/work” units that have retail stores on the first floor and apartments on the second level.
Owned by Mine Safety Appliances, the 17.5-acre property is located close to some of the township's major employers, including the Westinghouse headquarters, MSA and McKesson Automation.
The neighborhood also would include a free shuttle that circulates the business park and to drop off and pick up workers who live in the community.
Developers plan to submit a land development application to the township next week for review at the next Planning Advisory Commission meeting in December. Check out proposed renderings for the community in the photo gallery.
In October, the new 80,000 square foot, two-story Dick’s Sporting Goods opened in the Cranberry Crossroads retail development on Route 228, but more is still to come. Noodles & Company—a fast casual restaurant—Verizon Wireless and a UPMC Urgent Care are under construction in one of the center’s buildings.
Also under construction are a stand alone Men’s Wearhouse, a La-Z-Boy Furniture store and a Giant Eagle GetGo gas station and convenience store.
Jimmy John’s Subs
According to the township’s website, the sandwich chain is scheduled to open soon in the Oak Tree Plaza along Route 19
Courtyard by Marriott
A Courtyard by Marriott is well on the way to opening after being built from the ground up on Cranberry Woods Drive, just a stone’s throw from the already-established (and larger) Marriott Pittsburgh North on Route 228.
Designed with business travelers in minds, the Courtyard in Cranberry will be five stories and have 125 rooms with WiFi. The Bistro, a spot for breakfast and coffee in the morning, and for dinner and drinks in the evening, will be located in the center of the lobby, according to the Marriott website.
The hotel is scheduled to open in December 2012.
Sheetz and the Century Business Park
The hillside at the intersection of Ehrman Road and Route 19 has been graded in preparation for the Century Business Park, which will include a Sheetz gas station and convenience store in its first phase of construction.
Sheetz also will help fund a traffic signal at the intersection of Ehrman Road and Route 19. The park also will be home to a 26,861 square foot business or professional office building.