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Visions For Vacancy: 551 Blazier Drive

The former Bally's Health Club has been vacant for more than a year.

Fidelity Bank owns two large buildings along Blazier Drive in McCandless. One of them, Trader Horn, has enjoyed a steady customer base for years. The other, not so much. 

The last long-term tenant of 551 Blazier Drive was Bally's Health club. When LA Fitness opened in McCandless Crossing, Bally's quickly closed. 

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Fidelity paid $4,000,000 in 2011 for the 19 acre site, according to the Allegheny County real estate web site. The site lists the currently property value at $2,850,000.

Bruce Betty, Land Use Administrator for the town of McCandless, said there are no current plans for the property, but officials are hoping eventually to redevelop the entire area.

We want to know, what would you like to see come to this area? Share your ideas and suggestions in the comments box below.

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Mrs. D. December 13, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Love to have a Cracker Barrel restaurant there:)
Carol K December 13, 2012 at 04:14 PM
It would be nice to have a Wegman's supermarket in that building. However, if the entire site is to be developed, it would be a great place for WalMart. I still shop at Trader Horn quite often, and would hate to see them leave the area. Maybe they could relocate to an unoccupied building somewhere along the McKnight or Rt. 19 corridor - McCracken building, perhaps?
Richard Cook December 13, 2012 at 06:51 PM
From our Facebook Page: Paul M Carrozzo With the new Cinemark coming, the showcase obviously will close, how about a shopping center similar to the water front, a village style center. Could also use a new apt complex in the area..
Marlene Woods December 13, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I agee with Richard Cook. A 55+housing community similar to the one in Zelinople Pa. It would be a very convient location for seniors with one level residences moderatlypriced.. North Hills is in dire need of one of these as most of the moderate priced ones fill up very soon.
Susan L. McGrath December 13, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Wal-Mart, please!
Scott Baret December 14, 2012 at 02:03 AM
As of now, the complex isn't that desirable. Trader Horn is a favorite of mine, but it does need some aesthetic upgrades; the parking lot hasn't been paved since it was a K Mart. Showcase should be knocked down as soon as the new theater opens. That being said, I think any future tenant will wait to see what happens, not only with the property itself, but also with Northway and McCandless Crossing. Unless a Wal-Mart is built at McCrackin/Sam's, this would probably be its next best possible location (although the Blazier/Ingomar intersection may need to be upgraded). My hope is that Wal-Mart opens at McCrackin, Northway becomes the mixed use center with nightlife proposed earlier, and this site becomes a public golf course. It would be a nice nod to the past and would give everyone a good recreation option. There could also be a pool on site. The only concern would be the location of the park and ride, although by the time it would be built, there's a pretty good chance that lot would get cut given PAT's recent history.
Cindy December 14, 2012 at 02:39 AM
With all the Giant Eagle & Target stores in the North Hills why can't we have one Walmart??
Scott Baret December 14, 2012 at 04:24 AM
I agree 100%. Someone pointed out the other day that the Brighton Road Giant Eagle is technically in Ross. Between Ross and West View we have 3 Giant Eagles, 2 Get Gos, and a Good Cents--six properties owned by the same corporation. McCandless, Shaler, and Ohio Township also have one Giant Eagle each (the latter two each have a Get Go, too; there's also one in Hampton). This makes 11 properties in the North Hills, and we're not even out to areas like Pine or Richland yet. There are also three Targets between the municipalities with 11 Giant Eagle properties. If Wal-Mart is a "monopoly", what does that make Giant Eagle?
Scott Baret December 14, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Correction--make that 12 properties. I forgot to count the Hampton GetGo when I was tallying them.
Jennifer Snyder December 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM
I so agree!
woody December 20, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Sounds pretty good to me, we could definitely use one in the area (what's the closest one, Robinson??). The only problem is that it seems to me they almost always build within a mile or mile and a half tops from an interstate highway or turnpike - I might be wrong about that. Would also be nice to see a bookstore to fill some of the void of Border's being gone and having to drive all the way to Cranberry to B & N (with the exception of Half Price Books). Sadly, that's probably not going to happen due to Amazon, but wishful thinking...

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