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Mexican restaurant opening today in Southpointe

That is the sentiment among local aficionados of Mexican cuisine, as operators of the long-awaited restaurant prepare for their first day of business today. Doors will open at 11 a.m.

Steel Cactus Mexican Restaurante and Cantina – as it is known officially – will do business at 1800 Main Street in the Town Center section of the mixed-use park.

Turnpike work coming in Robinson

Officials and a state contractor are outlining the final plans for a section of the Southern Beltway several miles long in Robinson Township.

The 2.75-mile section of the toll road will be built by Trumbull Corp., which was awarded a $116.2 million contract by the Turnpike Commission earlier this month. The contract gives the project an end date of June 2021.

Charleroi glass factory to see $16 million in upgrades

An Illinois-based kitchenware manufacturer will make a huge investment to upgrade its Charleroi glass factory that has been in operation for more than a century.

Corelle Brands of Rosemont will spend $16 million over the next few years in the factory that was founded in 1893 by George MacBeth and has operated under other names, including Corning and World Kitchen.

Commissioners approve continuing work at county airport

The Redevelopment Authority of Washington County received approval from the commissioners to have CDI-Infrastructure LLC, doing business as L.R. Kimball, preliminarily design the first phase of the south side taxiway at a cost of $204,360, to be paid from a combination of a state Department of Transportation Bureau of Aviation capital grant, a Local Share Account allocation and local capital funds, which are required as a match.

Real estate team finds new home in South Strabane

The Crumrine/Nicholls real estate team is not breaking up, but heading in a new direction professionally and geographically.

Corridors of Opportunity: Washington County energy goes beyond natural gas

As it continues to put a prolonged energy slump behind it, Washington County is reasserting that its economy has always been about more than the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom.

The broader economic base of a Washington County whose identity was strongly tied to the Marcellus Shale was the basis for discussion at the 70th Corridors of Opportunity panel discussion, held at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.

Energy execs start new natural gas services firm

When Matt Curry and Chris Combs were looking to found a company in the industry they know best — shale — it didn't take long for them to realize there was an unmet need in the Marcellus and Utica.

That's pressure pumping and pumpdown services, which are used in to keep open a wellbore during the hydraulic fracturing process. So the two veteran natural gas executives have founded a startup, Praetorian Energy Solutions, to provide pumping and pumpdown services.

Grand opening Wednesday for Canonsburg outpatient center

Washington Health System officials will have a grand opening for their Canonsburg outpatient center Wednesday evening.

Singapore firm buys Lawrence-based Black Box

Cecil Township-based Black Box Corp. is being acquired by a Singapore-based company.

AGC Networks Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of global solutions integrator AGC Networks, is acquiring all outstanding shares of Black Box. It is doing so for $1.08 per share in cash, subject to regulatory approvals, the Washington County firm announced in a news release on its website.

Southpointe CEO association celebrates anniversary, honors Piatt

Jack B. Piatt, chairman of the Board of Millcraft Investments, sat down with his son, Lucas B. Piatt, president and COO of Millcraft Investments, for a conversation on how the company grew from idea to empire at the celebration of Southpointe’s 25th anniversary.

The Southpointe CEO Association awarded Jack with the inaugural Spirit of Southpointe Award for his vision and dedication to development's future at the event Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.

Piatts reflect on Southpointe's 25-year rise to prominence

Southpointe, a mixed-use park where about 15,000 work and 1,000 reside, turned 25 this year, a milestone that was celebrated Wednesday inside the inn. Piatt, president and chief operating officer of Millcraft Investments, engaged a luncheon crowd of about 200 with his perspectives on the park and his accompanying wit and easy demeanor.

84 Lumber leaps forward on Forbes' list

One of Washington County’s best-known businesses – 84 Lumber Co. – has made a quantum leap on Forbes’ annual list of America’s Largest Private Companies.

Oilfield services company to expand at Starpointe

Bestway Oilfield Inc. has acquired a 45,000-square-foot industrial building at Starpointe Business Park.

Plans for Canonsburg Senior Lofts get council approval

Canonsburg borough officials approved a developer’s plans to build a senior apartment complex on the site of the former First Street Elementary School.

A subsidiary of Cincinnati-based MVAH Partners got approval from council on Monday to build Canonsburg Senior Lofts, a proposed mixed-income complex of 50 one- and two-bedroom units for seniors 62 and older.

New venture by Lola, Clear Cut vets raising up to $250M

Co-founders, respectively, of Lola Energy LLC and of Clear Cut Energy LLC have launched a new entity in Canonsburg that is raising a private equity fund of at least $100 million to ignite an oil and gas operating company, a mineral rights holding firm and, possibly, additional ventures.

Coen Markets announces plans to acquire CoGo's

Coen Markets Inc., a division of Coen Oil Co., announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase the outstanding stock and operating assets of CoGo's Co.

Burns Scalo buys back original Southpointe office property it built

The company announced that it has bought the 90,000-square foot Fountainhead building located near the entrance of Southpointe, a property it developed 15 years ago and eventually sold but has continued to manage.

Sunoco fine to fund streambank work in Washington County

A multimillion dollar civil penalty the state levied on Sunoco for violations on a pipeline construction project will fund the restoration of two streams in Washington County, and correct problems on another in Rostraver Township.

Fast-growing Steel Nation to move into new headquarters

Steel Nation, the fast-growing Washington County firm that builds pre-engineered metal buildings for the energy industry, is moving its headquarters to much larger space in Cecil Township.

Oil and gas firm breaks ground on regional HQ in Alta Vista park

The groundbreaking was purely ceremonial Thursday afternoon. The gaggle of earthmovers navigating behind them had, literally, broken ground beforehand and continued to operate as the event unfolded.

Shovels went into the ground to welcome the next tenant at Alta Vista Business Park: Nine Energy Service, a Houston, Texas-based oil and gas company. Nine Energy has a regional office it has outgrown in Chartiers Township, near the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, and is now clearing land for new regional headquarters.

Washington County gears up for second decade of Local Share Account funding from casino revenues

Washington County Commission Vice Chairman Diana Irey Vaughan wowed chambers of commerce members and guests with a staggering sum Thursday morning: $473,733,753.

The nearly half-billion dollars is the total of the county’s local share of gambling revenues from The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, plus additional money and matches from other sources – known as leverage – that has poured in since the first distribution in 2008. The amount that came from the casino, itself, was $88,786,675.

Southern Beltway work outlined at Southpointe meeting

Construction of the $700 million Southern Beltway stretching from Pittsburgh International Airport into Washington County is proceeding, and residents who live near the work found out Tuesday how their lives and property could be impacted in the months ahead.

Southpointe apartment complex for sale

A showpiece of Southpointe’s Town Center is for sale.

The Pittsburgh office of HFF is seeking buyers for 1400 Main, the large, chic apartment complex on the edge of the Main Street business district. There are 376 units and 651 structured parking spaces in the development, which covers 370,000 square feet and opened in 2015.

Turnpike Commission holding meeting on next Southern Beltway section

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is moving ahead with the next phase of construction of the Southern Beltway’s Route 22 to Interstate 79 project and will hold a community meeting to detail the next section of work, which extends approximately one mile along I-79 in Cecil Township. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hilton Garden Inn, 1000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg.

Zediker Station property on track for development

A longtime rail location in South Strabane Township is on track for major development.

The 1,200-acre Zediker Station property, near the intersection of Interstates 79 and 70, is being marketed for manufacturing or high-tech purposes. Hanna Langholz Wilson Ellis, the commercial real estate firm doing so, made the announcement Monday evening at Perle restaurant in Pittsburgh’s Market Square

County intends to sell land to be used by Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh

The regional headquarters of the Greek Orthodox church of Pittsburgh will be moved from that city to Washington County once its building, estimated to cost $3.5 million, is complete.

Plans came to light in conjunction with the Washington County commissioners’ vote Thursday to sell a tract of land slightly larger than nine acres in South Strabane Township to be used, eventually, as meeting space for the governing body of 55 congregations.

County to benefit from $7.5M in state redevelopment grants

Four state development grants totaling $7.5 million are headed to Washington County.

The grants, from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will go to Corelle Brands LLC of Charleroi; Pennsylvania Trolley Museum of Chartiers Township; Transitional Paths to Independent Living (TRPIL) of Washington; and Tech Met Properties for its Donora plant.

U.S. Senate funds work lower Mon navigation improvements

The U.S. Senate Thursday approved the spending of $89 million on navigational improvements that are more than a decade behind schedule on the Monongahela River, including work in the Charleroi area.

Washington Area Humane Society to break ground for new home

At 10 a.m. Thursday, the board, staff and campaign team will be breaking ground for the construction of a 10,000-square-foot building behind the existing facility and will announce plans for a public capital campaign to help finance the project. WAHS has already raised $800,000 of a $1.5 million goal for the campaign as part of a silent kick-off in April. The project is expected to cost just over $5 million and the humane society has secured $3.7 million toward that goal. The targeted completion date is fall 2019.

Buzz on new bakery

Honey Bee Bakery is hoping to savor the sweet smells of success in Monongahela.

The shop, at 3726 Dry Run Road, opened for business Friday. Marilyn Sanner is the owner, and at the urging of friends and family, is launching a bakery for the first time.

Hillside Goat Farm Adds Spa

Overseers of the small family goat/dairy farm have added Hillside Bath & Spa to its offerings at 1884 Route 136 in Eighty Four. The spa started taking appointments last week, but will have a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday.

LETTER: Promoting the county and economy

Washington County’s tourism industry and its importance to our local economy was on full display last week as we welcomed several major events to our area. The DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series, Washington County Agricultural Fair and National Pike Steam, Gas & Horse Association Summer Show attracted thousands of visitors to our county and generated millions of dollars of economic impact for our local businesses and communities.

171-ton steam turbine made by Elliott Group to move through Donora

An enormous steam turbine will take to the streets of Donora on Friday and Saturday in a move that will involve the closing of several roads, moving of utilities and a police escort, according to officials from Elliott Group.

Canine companion

Of the hundreds of veterans Guardian Angels has matched with dogs since its start nine years ago, not one has died by suicide – a fact the nonprofit is immensely proud of, since about 20 veterans take their own lives each day, according to a report by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Now, Guardian Angels is coming to Washington County. Its new facility in Robinson Township, which is slated to open in about a year and a half, will be larger than the one in Florida and could potentially triple the number of dogs the nonprofit can train annually – around 50 dogs currently.

Local foodie plans to open Courthouse Café Sept. 4

Chuck Kalb wanted to open a café and had an ideal location in mind. It was directly across from the Washington County Courthouse, where a lot of legal system participants – on both sides – appear. People traffic, and the fact the immediate area was a dining desert, positioned this place a potential bonanza.

$4.4 million in state grants go to Brockway plant site, Cool Valley

North Strabane to build new fire station

North Strabane Township is planning to purchase an 81-acre property in Eighty Four on which to build a new fire sub-station.

The property, currently owned by 84 Lumber, sits in the 1000 block of Route 519 near the intersection with Christy Road. The township plans to purchase it for $1 million, which will come out of a $10 million bond the township floated last year for its new building project.

Jefferson Avenue slated for paving in 2020

A heavily traveled intersection in Washington, which has been one of the bumpiest rides in town for months now, is slated for reconstruction in 2020, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Local motorists have been voicing concerns at public meetings and online about the condition of Jefferson Avenue, particularly where it meets Wylie Avenue.

This year marks a decade of casino gambling money dedicated to local projects

An overview of 10 years’ worth of local share allocations in Washington County shows two business parks and one mixed-use development have been the biggest beneficiaries from the local share of casino gambling at The Meadows, which has generated more than $87 million over a 10-year period.

Developer gets $1M to proceed with long-dormant Cool Valley project

The project, a mixed-use industrial and commercial park planned for Cecil Township, was proposed in the spring of 2010. But it has never gotten started. There have been snags in developing the location – between Interstate 79 and Morganza Road, near Southpointe. Funding traffic improvements has been a major difficulty.

Development of the site, as a result, has lain dormant for eight-plus years. But that may change.

Trust Building gets $100K from state for rehab project

Pennsylvania is providing a boost to preserve the history of a historic structure in downtown Washington.

Washington Trust Building, at the corner of South Main and East Beau streets, has been awarded $100,000 in Historic Preservation Tax Credits. The office of Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday morning $3 million in tax credits is being spread among 21 building preservation projects throughout the state.

Lynch adds prominent Washington County lawyer

A name partner of one of the biggest law firms in Washington County has joined Lynch Law Group’s new Southpointe office.

Roger J. Ecker is now a member of Lynch’s Litigation, Corporate and Oil and Gas practice groups.

CareerLink online system upgraded to help employers, job hopefuls

To make the job-search process more convenient, the state Department of Labor & Industry is enhancing the PA CareerLink online system.

GACO gets grants totaling $373K

California University of Pennsylvania’s Government Agency Coordination Office has received two grants totaling $373,000 to assist businesses in Washington, Greene, Allegheny, Beaver and Butler counties.

Mexican restaurant to open Oct. 1 in Southpointe

A Mexican restaurant, originally projected to open in Southpointe this summer, will land in early autumn.

Four Points Brewing has rolled out the barrels

Four Points Brewing opened July 12 in Charleroi, next door to his Fourth Street Barbeque restaurant. The businesses complement one another, with beer transported for consumption at the restaurant and food carried over to the taproom.

Horizon quickly expanding suburban coworking venture

After launching its first last year, Horizon Properties Group LLC is busy expanding and building the brand for its coworking venture, Loft Office Suites.

Mike Swisher, a partner with Horizon, said the company recently opened its latest Loft Office Suites location within a 10,000-square-foot retail space at the Street at the Meadows, the company’s retail-and-apartment development in front of the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County.

Consol strikes first big metallurgical coal deal in years

Consol Coal Resources LP announced Thursday it had struck its first substantial etallurgical coal agreement since 2013 as the Canonsburg mining company seeks to take advantage of the hottest sector of the market.

Beynon Insurance merging with Exchange Underwriters

CB Financial Services Inc. on Monday announced the merger of its subsidiary, Exchange Underwriters, and Pittsburgh-based Beynon Insurance, effective Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.

State officials, businesses discuss workforce development

An eclectic mix of state officials, local business representatives, workforce development leaders and elected officials participated in an hourlong discussion centering on youths, jobs, apprenticeship programs, funding for training and related matters. The goal is to alleviate a severe shortage of skilled workers that has been projected for this region over the next five to seven years, at a time when manufacturing jobs are on the rise along with an ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.

Learn about Local Share process

Washington County Redevelopment Authority plans to hold three workshops explaining how to apply for funds made available from the local share of casino gambling at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

The program is open to Washington County and local governments, municipal authorities and nonprofit agencies.

Final plan for 60-home development in Peters Township receives approval

The final plan for a proposed 60-lot residential development off Thompsonville Road has received approval from Peters Township Council.

By a 5-2 vote Monday night, council gave the green light for Rywood LLC to develop Juniper Woods, which will feature single-family detached homes in the anticipated price range of $350,000 to $500,000.

Pennsylvania American Water invests $11 million in Washington County

Pennsylvania American Water is investing $11 million in two new water towers and pipeline upgrades in Washington County this year.

One of the new storage tanks costs $3 million and will hold 750,000 gallons on South Hewitt Avenue in Canton Township. The engineering project manager, Rachael Beam, said ground was broken at the site in April. She said the tank will improve fire safety and reliability and “benefit Canton Township and surrounding communities.”

Valley Tire planning to wheel into Cecil with new facility

Valley Tire Co. is trucking to Cecil Township, and into a much more comfortable space.

Stankiewicz is shooting for a December opening for the new facility. New-Belle Construction Inc. of Belle Vernon is doing the heavy lifting.

Southpointe at 25: always a focal point, never a folly

It began in the mid-1980s, with planners, developers and elected officials scrutinizing an expanse of mostly undeveloped land enveloping a once-notorious reform school. Transforming the rolling hills into a mixed-use business park, they believed, could be an effective salve for the economic ails of Washington County.

City façade program to disburse $45K, drop matching funds requirement

Washington business owners can now put a happier, spiffier and more affordable face on their operations.

Washington Business District Authority has $45,000 in its facade improvement budget, thanks to a $30,000 boost from the Washington County Local Share Account. And WBDA is dropping its requirement that owners provide matching funds.

Law firm opening Southpointe office next month

The Lynch Law Group LLC is adding an office in Southpointe, scheduled to open on Aug. 1.

The 16-attorney firm, based in Cranberry Township and founded in 2002, also has a satellite office in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood.

Agency tries to stimulate trail use, economic impact

Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency is trying to lure users to local trails, but they also want to lure them off.

The agency revealed efforts to increase Montour and Panhandle Trail use and, therefore, bring money into Washington County, after the completion of a Trail Tourism Marketing report. Through partnerships with trail councils and adjacent businesses, the agency is making a push to attract and retain trail users, and get them to spend some time – and money – in “trail towns,” particularly McDonald, Burgettstown and the Hendersonville/Southpointe area.

The region's top private companies ranked by revenue

Despite a decrease in revenue from 2016, the private company with the most revenue in 2017 made more than double the company at the No. 2 spot.

Medical marijuana dispensary holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

Washington County’s first medical marijuana dispensary, which opens its doors to patients Thursday, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.

Local officials, employees and patients joined the Healing Center co-founders Chris Kohan and Jay Richards for the event and a tour of the dispensary at 799 W. Chestnut St., Washington.

Impact fees further boost Washington, Greene and its towns

Natural gas production is up, and so are impact fee revenues – especially in Washington and Greene counties.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission reported Thursday about $209.6 million in impact payments collected from gas producers in 2017 will be distributed. That is a $36.3 million increase from last year.

That revenue total – specifically $209,557,300 – is the third-highest disbursement in the seven years since Act 13 of 2012 became law.

McCune hands Community Bank's reins to his friend, O'Brien

Pat McCune officially retired as chief executive officer of CB Financial, the holding company for Community Bank. Pat O’Brien, his longtime friend, four-year colleague and CB’s president, has added CEO to his portfolio.

CNX, Range officials upbeat on energy at DUG Conference

Executives from two natural gas drilling companies based at Southpointe energized the first full day of an energy conference.

State's shale impact fee totals $209M for 2017

Pennsylvania collected $209.5 million in shale impact fees from natural gas producers for 2017— and Washington County and its municipalities saw a big increase due to a bump in drilling activity. Range Resources Corp. was the biggest contributor to
the impact fee in 2017.

'Opportunity zones' approved in southwestern Pennsylvania

Qualified opportunity zones have been designated across Pennsylvania as a part of a federal program that
defers or eliminates federal taxes on capital gains in certain low-income areas-two in Washington County

Drops & Swirls Opens in Canonsburg

Drops & Swirls, an art studio, has opened at 22 W. Pike St., Canonsburg.

Beef Jerky Outlets Opens

Beef Jerky Outlet has opened at Tanger Outlets in South Strabane Township.

Farmers Insurance Office Opens in Peters Township

Farmers Insurance agent Karen Passieu will open an office Friday at 205 E. McMurray Road, Suite B, Peters Township.

The Passieu Agency phone number is 724-260-0188.

State grant will pay for Washington County Airport taxiway, road relocation

Several changes taking place at county airport

Washington County commissioners this month approved several changes at the county airport.

Region scored well in economic development during 2017

Robotics/Information Technology was the star, but the triumph in local economic development last year was a team effort.

County moves ahead with next phase of fairgrounds entrance project

Washington County commissioners Thursday approved the receipt of a $742,000 grant related to the renovation of the trolley-stop fairgrounds entrance in Arden, Chartiers Township.

Power Meeting

The professionals selected for the first panel of Friday’s Junior Athena Workshop let attendees in on a little secret.

Most of them didn’t know what they wanted to do with their lives as young women.

“I’m not on TV like I thought I’d be,” said Megan Chicone of State Farm Insurance.

Canonsburg-based event villa unveiling garden

Upscale event villa Bella Sera is holding the grand opening for its new space, an 11,000-square-foot Gardens at Bella Sera, on Wednesday evening.

Ansys to take more office space at Southpointe

Ansys Inc., a publicly traded engineering software maker, is preparing to expand beyond its headquarters at Zenith Ridge within Southpointe II.

Washington, Greene lead state's surge to No. 2 gas producer

Pennsylvania set a record for marketed natural gas production in 2017, making it the No. 2 producer in the nation, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported.

Chicago company investing $10 million in vacant Canonsburg building

A Chicago real estate investment firm has started a $10 million project in Canonsburg.

Charleroi, Cumberland Township nominated for new economic development program

Two communities in Washington and Greene counties have been nominated for a new federal economic development program designed to bring jobs to low-income areas.

Kate Spade opens location at Tanger Outlets

Retailer Kate Spade New York opened its doors at a location in Tanger Outlets Pittsburgh on Friday.

Chicago investor putting $10 million into Canonsburg industrial building

Chicago-based real estate investment firm T2 Capital Management is ready to pursue a $10 million renovation of a 130,583-square-foot industrial building in Canonsburg with a Fortune 500 company lined up as a tenant.

Town Center the focus of latest Southpointe growth

Southpointe, the ever-expanding mixed-used park, is turning 25 and poised for another growth spurt.

Former Caterpillar plant in Washington County under new ownership

A former Caterpillar facility in which the Fortune 100 company operated a long-wall mining division has been sold.

Mon Valley Alliance has big plans for Charleroi stadium site

The leader of a Mon Valley economic development group called the old Charleroi Area School District stadium “a black hole,” but it soon will be disappearing.

IMAGINE THAT! Business notebook: OPC's Reimagine Main Street wins national award

Reimagine Main Street, Observer Publishing Co.’s online advertising and marketing division, marked its fifth anniversary in January in relative silence. But when a belated birthday gift arrived via email two months later, it was time to celebrate.

Mexican chain Steel Cactus coming to Southpointe

Southpointe will be getting a taste of Mexico this summer.

Community Bank reveals plans for corporate center in North Franklin

Community Bank, in a continuous expansion mode, revealed plans Wednesday for a new corporate center in North Franklin Township.

Washington, Butler counties gain in natural gas production

Washington County remained a solid second in natural gas production and No. 1 in number of producing wells, according to state data released Monday.

New restaurant ready to wing it on South Main

A new restaurant is winging it to Washington.

Big Shot Bob’s House of Wings will open at 11 a.m. Monday at 201 S. Main St., in the space previously occupied by Upper Crust restaurant.

Budd Baer dealership expanding to former state police barracks property

A car dealership in Washington plans to expand by the end of the year with two new buildings at the site of the former state police barracks at 83 Murtland Ave.

Mark Baer, the owner of Budd Baer Inc., purchased the property and barracks building for about $751,000 in a closed bid last April.

Interior secretary brings mine reclamation funds to area

FREDERICKTOWN – Pennsylvania, according to a large graphic from the state Department of Environmental Protection, “has more abandoned mine lands resulting from past coal mining than any other state in the nation.”

A member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet traveled to Fredericktown Saturday to speak a half-mile from one of them.

It was a very good year for Washington County's economy

“Washington County continues to lead the Greater Pittsburgh Region in creating new economic growth, new job opportunities and countywide expansion,” commissioners Chairman Larry Maggi said Tuesday morning, in opening the county Chamber of Commerce’s sixth annual State of the Economy presentation.

O-R business editor retiring after 27 years

Much like the fluctuating stock market, Observer-Reporter Business Editor Michael Bradwell has seen his share of ups and downs on the local business beat. Now, after 27 years, Bradwell is sounding the closing bell and retiring.

Canonsburg company provides closed captioning for Olympics

Canonsburg-based Vitac Corp. was chosen by NBC Olympics to provide live closed captioning services for its production
of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Officials discuss construction plans coming to Peters Township

Another year brings another variety of construction projects in Peters Township.

Ed Zuk, township planning director, provided an overview of what is being built for the edification of Peters Township School Board members during their annual joint meeting with township council, held Monday night.

Mexican equity fund buys Southpointe office building

The Aztec Fund Inc. has bought 501 Technology Drive, a Class A office building in Southpointe.

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP, which marketed the building on behalf of the seller, an affiliate of Laurus Corp., announced the transaction on Tuesday, but did not disclose financials.

Public invited to view plans for fairgrounds entrance project

Washington County commissioners will host a public meeting to present changes proposed for the trolley-stop entrance to the fairgrounds at 6 p.m. Feb. 13, in exhibit hall No. 2.

Because the project includes $750,000 of funding from the state Department of Transportation, a public meeting is required. An additional $400,000 from the Local Share Account from gambling proceeds generated by The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has been earmarked for the work.

Commissioners award contracts for new buildings at airport

After analyzing 45 bids for two metal buildings on concrete slabs to be constructed at Washington County Airport, the board of commissioners Thursday awarded four contracts totaling $3.1 million.

W&J purchases East Chestnut Street building

Washington & Jefferson College has purchased the O’Reilly Auto Parts building in the city, according to information provided by the county’s recorder of deeds office.

The college purchased the building at 57 E. Chestnut St., which for many years prior to O’Reilly was operated as Auto Supermarket, for $512,500 from Eagle Holdings LLP of Uniontown.

Freedom Transit gets new buses

Washington County Transit Authority will have two new buses within two weeks, as part of a five-year purchasing contract it entered years ago.

Joseph Thomas, director of fixed-route services for Freedom Transit, addressed Washington City Council Monday to inform them of a new 30-foot bus they received last week and another on its way. He said these are the first two of five new buses the authority will receive as part of a purchasing consortium contract they entered with Federal Transit Administration grant funds in 2015.

Shell ethane pipeline application under review by DEP

Shell Pipeline Co. has submitted applications to the state Department of Environmental Protection related to the construction of its Falcon Ethane Pipeline to carry ethane from natural gas production sites to Shell’s ethane cracker plant now under construction in Beaver County.

Lauren Fraley, community coordinator for communications in DEP’s Southwest Regional office, said Monday the permit application “is currently under technical review” by the agency. While Shell was earlier approved to construct the cracker plant in Beaver County, Fraley said this is the first time it has submitted an application for construction of pipelines to the plant.