Mon Marina Plans Revived by Fox Chapel Yacht Club Owner

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
8 April 2014
By Sam Spatter, Business Writer

The owner of the Fox Chapel Yacht Club is making a second attempt to build a marina along the shore of the Monongahela River at South Shore Riverfront Park at SouthSide Works.

The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority on Thursday is scheduled to act on a proposal from developer Dave Maxwell, who wants the URA to ask the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County to apply for a state grant of as much as $500,000 from gambling proceeds.

The URA would use the money to help finance land-side improvements for the marina.

The authority estimates the cost at $4,106,703, but it likely will be adjusted once bids are in.

The marina is planned as a regional destination for boaters, URA said.

Maxwell, who also owns Max Construction in Saltsburg, wants to build a full-service marina with 321-plus slips, which the URA said would be the premier boating facility in the Three Rivers Region.

The marina would be near the intersection of South Water Street and 26th Street. Maxwell is leasing vacant land, but it is subject to the development rights of the Soffer Organization, developer of the SouthSide Works.

The lease is contingent on the Soffer Organization agreeing to release its development rights for part of the land.

In October 2011, URA approved a contract with Maxwell to lease part of SouthSide Works for marina development. That lease was not finalized, leading him to submit revised plans.

Mabon Lichtenfels, Maxwell's project manager, in 2012 told the Tribune-Review the marina would be built in phases and could include as many as 300 slips and a store for boat supplies.

There are 17 marinas in Allegheny County along the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela rivers. The closest one to SouthSide Works is at Station Square.

Sam Spatter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7843 or

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