Echo Realty has suffered a big setback in its controversial bid to redevelop the Shady Hill Center in Shadyside.
In a ruling issued Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment rejected the developer’s requests for a variance and special exception needed to build a six-story complex that would feature 230 apartments and a new Giant Eagle.
The proposed development would replace the current shopping center, which includes a larger Giant Eagle, at Penn and Shady avenues. The center would be demolished to make way for the new venture, which would include a two-level, 423-space parking garage.
As part of the project, Echo wanted to build a six-story structure up to 83 ½ feet high to hold the apartments, the new grocery and other retail. That’s much taller than the 60 feet and four stories allowed in the Urban Neighborhood Commercial zoning district where the project would be built. The special exception, if granted, would have given Echo the ability to build to 85 feet.