By Jon Delano

UPPER ST. CLAIR (KDKA) — Those who live in the South Hills have been wondering for a long time what was going to happen to the unoccupied end of South Hills Village.

Now we know.

Target will finally get a South Hills presence and Dick’s Sporting Goods will get a long-needed expansion.

Coming just weeks after word of Trader Joe’s locating right up the road, it’s another good economic story for this part of Pittsburgh.

At South Hills Village, the snow in the parking lot outside the old Kaufmann’s and later Boscov store is unplowed, while inside that end of the mall is boarded up on two floors.

But that’s going to end.

“Target and Dick’s will be moving in to the Boscov building up at South Hills Village,” Upper St. Clair Town Manager Matt Serakowski told KDKA Money Editor Jon Delano.

Officials at Dick’s and Target won’t talk about the plans — and Simon Property Group which owns the Village is mum — but papers filed with Upper St. Clair lay out the plan.

Target will take over 145,000-sq. ft. on the lower ground level, while Dick’s, which right now is located in a separate building near the Village, will move into the two upper floors with over 85,000 square feet.

The current Dick’s at the Village is under 30,000-sq. ft. and things are pretty packed. When they move across the way to the main building, the new Dick’s will double its size and be on two floors.

This will be the first Target in the South Hills, Route 19 corridor, that serves Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, Bethel Park, Peters and neighboring communities.

But don’t get too antsy — the move is more than a year away.

“What they’ve explained to us is that they’re shooting for July and August of 2012,” says Serakowski.

Now Upper St. Clair officials say it will take about eight months to go through their approval process. After that, Target and the new Dick’s will need time to reconfigure their space.

The projected opening date — summer of 2012 — seems a long way away, but for local South Hills residents it’s good news worth waiting for.