Cranberry project gets $3 million grant
February 18, 2013
CRANBERRY TWP — The Summit of Cranberry Woods, which includes a Pittsburgh Penguins and UPMC sports medicine facility, was awarded a $3 million state grant. The award was announced Monday by Gov. Tom Corbett’s office. Cranberry manager Jerry Andree said the developer sought the grant through the Butler County Community Development Corporation. The funds may be used for site improvement work, from sewer and water lines to building construction. “The details of that utilization will be worked out over the next couple months with CDC and the state department of Community and Economic Development,” he said. Ken Raybuck, executive director of the county CDC, did not return a call Tuesday seeking comment. The Summit, being developed by Don Rodgers and Creative Real Estate Development, was originally designed as a mixed use development of retail, office and residential space called the Villages of Cranberry. However, market demands and the Penguins/UPMC project spurred Rodgers and CREDCO to do a redesign. The developer made a conceptual presentation Jan. 8 for the newly named Summit of Cranberry Woods to the township planning advisory commission. Those plans include a five-phased project that includes retail space, apartments, townhouses and two hotels. The Summit of Cranberry Woods also includes the new. first-of-its-kind, hockey-only training, practice and sports medicine facility for the Penguins. The Penguins training facility would be in the top half of the proposed two- story building, which would include two rinks. UPMC already has a partnership with the Steelers, who practice at a sports medicine complex on Pittsburgh’s South Side. The preliminary plan for the Cranberry complex includes a medical office building similar to that one. UPMC officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday. “We anticipate a revised preliminary land development plan to be submitted in April,” said Andree. “Staff is continuing to work with the developer in aligning the proposed plan with township ordinances.” The redesign changes the layout of the site, incorporating the ice arena and a medical building, which will be attached to the arena. The plan remains on track, he said. Corbett awarded 54 projects totaling nearly $125 million. The governor’s office said the projects are expected to retain or create more than 56,000 jobs in 28 counties, including Butler.