ADAMS RIDGE CLOSER
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) - Sunday, August 19, 1990The DiCesare-Engler Development Corp. plans to begin construction of its $250 million Adams Ridge housing development in the spring. The development, which the company said could contain as many as 2,500 units, will be located on a 500-acre site that includes Adams in Butler County and Pine in Allegheny County.
"We are very close to resolving our sewage and water requirements and once that occurs we will be able to begin construction," said Pat DiCesare, a principal in the development group. He said the development would consist of villages, each offering a different style of housing.
"We would have single-family houses in one village, townhouses in another, multi-family housing in a third. Other considerations are a retirement village for people 55 or older, perhaps even a village consisting of housing where the older residents receive various services," he said. The initial phase calls for three villages with 62 lots.
recently completed its site acquisition with the purchase of about 59 acres from Michael and Ruth Zahorchak and others for $260,000.
58 ACRES PURCHASED IN ADAMS, PINE FOR HOUSING PLAN
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) - Wednesday, August 15, 1990
Author: ERIC DEGGANS, THE PITTSBURGH PRESS
A 58-acre acquisition in Adams and Pine has moved a Pittsburgh-based developer closer to the start of construction on a $250 million residential complex spanning three municipalities.
DiCesare-Engler Development Corp. purchased the property on Mount Pleasant Road from Michael M. and Ruth K. Zahorchak et al. for $260,000, according to the Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds office.
The transaction completed land acquisition for the Adams Ridge project, a housing development that could feature 2,500 units on 500 acres in Adams and Cranberry in Butler County and Pine in Allegheny County.
"I still have to resolve some sewage and water problems," said Patrick DiCesare, a partner in the development corporation, "but I'm very optimistic that we can make it all come together very shortly."
The firm must obtain approval for the project from both the Breakneck Creek and Adams water and sewer authorities before construction can begin, he said.
Adams Ridge will feature homes arranged in clusters of villages grouped by housing type.
DiCesare hopes to have areas with single-family homes, townhouses, multifamily dwellings and a retirement community for people 55 and older.
"We can mix the product within our complex without offending anyone," he said.
DiCesare said he hopes to break ground on the first stage -- a three- village section in Adams with 62 lots -- in the spring.
Though the project is located near the planned 1,200-unit Treesdale housing complex in Adams and Pine, DiCesare said he anticipates few problems with competition between the two developments.
"We're two distinct markets. While their homes start at $200,000 or $250,000 and go up to $500,000, ours only go up to $150,000. I think people will come out on a Sunday afternoon and look at both of us."
DiCesare, a concert promoter, originally intended to build an outdoor
amphitheater on the site when land acquisition began in 1986.
But opposition from community residents, combined with the construction of Star Lake Amphitheatre in Washington County, led him to revise the project.