McCandless Crossing Continues to Grow and Enhance the North

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Bringing new retail, dining, entertainment, offices, housing and hotels, McCandless Crossing becomes a preferred destination while boosting the local economy

McCandless Crossing has been a vision of Perrysville native, Kevin Dougherty, since growing-up here in the North Hills. Located at the cross-roads of McKnight Road and Duncan Avenue, the new McCandless Crossing is a 1.2 million square feet “mixed-use” community that is designed to include shopping, entertainment and dining, housing and hotels, office space and landscaped green space.

Dougherty, an alumnus of St. Teresa’s Parish School, North Catholic High School and John Carroll University, began looking into acquiring the land as far back as 1992. In 2004, when the land became available, he had just moved to Raleigh, N.C. but that didn’t stop him. As president of AdVenture Development, Dougherty began the AdVenture Champion Partnership and started to make his vision a reality. According to Dougherty, “Together with the Town of McCandless, we came up with a plan to compliment the pre-existing uses around, such as, Passavant Hospital, Vincentian, LaRoche College, the McCandless Corporate Center, North Allegheny Schools, and neighborhoods, plus many others, to develop a community destination that will knit them all together.”

And so began the creation of McCandless Crossing. “There have been over a hundred versions of the site plans,” continues Dougherty, “and when I look back and see the number of people involved, easily over a thousand people, including the McCandless Town Council, Planning Commission and local representatives from all walks of life, I am exceedingly grateful for their help, involvement and the fact that they all have been so incredibly great to work with.”

McCandless Crossing has been developed in a set a phases. Lowe’s Home Improvement and WesBanco have been open for business since 2010 and LA Fitness opened its doors to members in August 2011, and establishments continued to open including an International House of Pancakes or IHOP®, Hilton Home 2®, Cinemark® 12 Screen Movie Theater, Dick’s Sporting Goods®, and HomeGoods®. “The Sunday that HomeGoods opened,” explained Dougerty, “the chain set a record for sales in a single day.”

Phase 4, known as Town Center, continues development with additional establishments slated to open their doors in 2015. These include, Bonefish Grill®, Longhorn Steakhouse®, Trader Joe’s®, GNC®, Chipotle®, UPS®, and the first Drive-Thru Panera® in the area, among many others still to come. Town Center will eventually be landscaped to include a Town Center Square with a clock, sidewalk, benches and flowers. McCandless Crossing also includes 53 townhomes by Ryan®. Homes and a second hotel and a medical/office building are also planned.

“In addition to employment opportunities within the businesses located at McCandless Crossing, the other growth in the area, such as the new healthcare facilities and housing, will all be bringing commerce and economic growth to the North Hills community,” states Dougherty.

If you are interested in employment opportunities at the businesses in McCandless Crossing, contact that business directly. If you are interested in leasing your own retail space, it is handled by Echo Retail at The office space leasing will be handled by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) at To keep up-to-date on the development of McCandless Crossing, visit