Demolition Begins On Mt. Washington ‘Eyesore’

MOUNT WASHINGTON (KDKA) – Demolition work began Monday on an old, abandoned restaurant on Mount Washington that is widely considered to be an eyesore.

Those who live on Mount Washington may remember the old Edge restaurant, but the building has been vacant for about 30 years.

On Monday, the city issued a building permit to tear it down.

The mayor and developer did a ceremonial wall pull inside as the first step toward the demolition.

It will take about a week to knock down the insides of the building and then another two weeks to bring down the outside.

Development plans call for a $100 million project that will include a hotel, condos and restaurants.

More than 2,000 residents signed a petition to approve of the demolition.

Financing is not yet in place for the new project. Once it’s secured, it will be another two-and-a-half years before it is completed.

“It’s often been called one of the most unpleasant eyesores in all of Pittsburgh. And it’s called that because it’s sitting on the most spectacular piece of real estate in Pittsburgh,” Project Manager Beau Beemsterboer said.

The building will be 20 stories high, which is about 10 stories higher than normally allowed on Mount Washington.

The structure will not extend out any more than the current restaurant. Crews are drilling into solid rock and said that the 20-story building will hold.


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One Comment

  1. I lived there. says:

    Talk about an “eyesore”. Just wait until this 20 story monster gets built. I bet the hundreds of residents on the other side of Grandview, who have their own views of the downtown cityscape destroyed, will be saying the same thing. “Eyesore”.

  2. diane says:

    No way. We have been waiting almost 30 years for that awlful building to be torn down. It will be very exciting when it is finished. Finally some positive development on MT. Washington…..ITs Our Turn….

  3. Hoss says:

    What?!? Financing for the new project has yet to be secured?!? Good luck with that in the current economy. I predict this project will linger for many years to come. Will the water and sewer system be able to handle the increased volume a hotel and condo complex will cause? Will the local streets handle the increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic? And good luck selling new condos. Condos are the slowest selling form of housing in an overall slow housing market.

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