SGA was retained by the Fayette County Redevelopment Authority and the Progress Fund on two high profile projects in the Borough of Ohiopyle. The first was the development of a master site development plan as part of a larger Falls Market redevelopment effort. SGA’s role on this project consisted of developing designs for a new public plaza to be located on the area formerly occupied by the old general store’s gas pump islands. The overall proposed redevelopment scheme for the building includes maintaining the restaurant uses and market and the introduction of an inn on the upper floor. The design of the new plaza integrated into the renovation of the adjacent building and included green building technologies including geothermal heating, a greenroof and grey-water recycling system and the utilization of locally produced materials. The plaza was identified as a key gateway into the Borough along Southbound Route 381, as part of the Borough’s larger Master Planning effort.
Another aspect of the project was the preparation of master development strategy to expand the Borough’s street grid in order to support the development of the Borough’s largest potential redevelopment project to-date. The proposed project includes creating of a new 50-room hotel and retail village. SGA designed the project to LEED® standards and employs innovative stormwater techniques for both the site development aspects and the design of the surrounding streets. The proposed project also retains nearly 60 percent of the existing mature tree canopy through sensitive site planning and design.