Ground is broken on first retail building at Newbury Market
Work has begun in The Gateway Shops, the first retail building of the massive $450 million Newbury Market mixed-use project in South Fayette Township.
“By next summer, this building will be completely full,” said Brett Malky, president of EQA/Newbury, the project developer, during a ground breaking Dec. 22 at the site.
Newbury, which is being developed on a former 300-acre brown field site near the Bridgeville interchange of Interstate 79, when complete, will include 1.2 million square feet of retail, restaurant, hospitality and office space on 88 acres of the overall development. Plans include two office buildings, a Courtyard by Marriott hotel, a dozen retail stores, 15 smaller shops and more than 10 restaurants.
The ground breaking for The Gateway Shops, a 22,000-square-foot strip center, was attended by the township commissioners, school district officials, as well as county and state officials. Tenants announced for the plaza include Dollar Bank, AT&T Mobility, First Watch, Five Guys, Noodles & Company, Envy Nail and Yo Fresh Yogurt Cafe.
“We are very excited to see the Newbury project take another step forward,” said Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive. “What’s so noteworthy about it is that it is one of the largest mixed-use brownfield revitalization projects in the state. EQA’s commitment to this project will result in increased jobs, reduced environmental health and safety risks and economic revitalization of this area which may not have been possible otherwise. We are grateful for their investment in our community.”
Newbury itself has been in the works for more than 10 years. Besides retail, plans call for 200 single-family housing units, as well as a 250-unit apartment complex on Oakridge Road called Newbury Village. The focal point of the development will be a Main Street town center, which will include a concert plaza, small park, outdoor seating, sidewalks and a water-play area for children. The development is already home to 147 township residents.
“These are exciting times in South Fayette,” said Joe Horowitz, president of the township commission.