Demolition underway at former Trader Horn site in McCandless
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 4:23 PM
Demolition is well underway at the site of the former Trader Horn store and Bally’s fitness center in McCandless to make way for a mixed-use development that includes a personal care home, duplexes and a retail center.
McCandless council in September approved plans to replace the two vacant buildings along Blazier Drive with the new development, which has been dubbed McCandless Square.
The 23-acre site is where Walmart proposed building a supercenter several years ago. The company scrapped its plan for the new store in 2016. The site has been mostly vacant since 2014.
Columbus, Ohio-based Continental Real Estate plans to build a three-story building that will be used for the 108-bed personal care home. There also will be 13, single-story, two-family cottage-style homes.
Continental is the developer of the mixed-use Waterfront project in Homestead and recently completed the Middleton senior living center in Moon Township.
The retail portion of the development is being handled by Selma, N.C., based Adventure Development, which built the McCandless Crossing shopping center.
The project will include a public green as well as a crushed limestone walking trail along Pine Creek that is accessible from sidewalks along Blazier Drive.
Both the public green and trail will be open to residents who live outside the development.