Ohiopyle Borough Redevelopment Projects
SGA was retained by the Fayette County Redevelopment Authority and The Progress Fund as part of a design team tasked with performing several project studies in the town. The studies fit into a larger Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PADCNR) planning effort to improve the town as a model “green” tourist village and destination. Ohiopyle is a small borough completely surrounded by 17,000 acres of state parklands and the most attended state park in Pennsylvania.
Falls Market General Store and Gateway Plaza
Falls Market has served as the main gathering place for tourists and locals alike. With the sale of the property from the long time owners, the new owners wanted to explore redevelopment options for the building and the adjacent land which was in the process of being remediated after having the underground storage tanks removed. The proposed market, restaurant, lodging rooms, and plaza sit at the gateway to the town. A major focus of the project was to develop an open air restaurant plaza and eating area that would serve as a flexible space for events. SGA’s design integrates locally available materials such as monolithic sandstone steps and walls, brick, stained glass, and metalwork with green technologies including geothermal heating system, a greenroof, stormwater retention tanks and a gray-water reuse system.
The Ohiopyle Falls Hotel and Retail Village
The owners of the largest developable parcel in the town retained SGA and a local architect to prepare a site feasibility analysis for the construction of a 50 room boutique hotel and retail village. The vacant wooded site was once the location of a small hotel in the early part of the 20th Century and is adjacent to “Outfitters Row” which is the hub of recreational commerce in the town. The proposed site design nestles the hotel and series of retail buildings on the site in a manner that minimizes the need for extensive grading and preserves many of the mature canopy trees. The proposed project was designed to achieve a minimum Leed® Bronze level certification.