Fall 2003

Dear Neighbor...from Waterdam Commons

Ghost-written by John Fries

Greetings from Waterdam!

As we gaze out our second floor window, surveying the traffic along busy Route 19 and the packed parking lot across the length of the retail plaza below our offices, it's hard to believe that 14 years have passed since Waterdam Plaza was born.

They say time flies when you're having fun. That must be true, since we've certainly had an enjoyable 14 years here at the southern crossroads of Peters Township, the wonderful community in which we live, work, raise our children and spend much of our leisure time.

We're proud to be part of this community, and appreciate all those who have been a part of our personal and professional lives for the past decade-and-a-half.

Waterdam began with a vision, one that took a giant step toward realization when we broke ground during the winter of 1988. At the time, commercial growth in Peters Township was heading south along Rt. 19. The location of Rt. 19 and Waterdam Roads, along with a traffic signal that we were to put in place, seemed an ideal location for a multitude of office and retail opportunities in the years ahead.

As the first buildings were being erected, The Washington Hospital's then-President, Gene Strosser, expressed enthusiasm about the Waterdam location and championed it to the hospital and its medical staff. Before long, the hospital signed on to the Waterdam project to lease all of the space in Building 2001.

The building opened in July 1989 with several physician offices in place, and a satellite office for the hospital's Radiology Department. Among the early tenants in Building 2001 were Drs. Ann McCune, Frank Brooks, Thomas Corkery, Michael Heis, Washington Ob/Gyn, Uptown Pediatrics, and Thomas Whalen.

Other buildings opened soon after and our first non-hospital tenants included chiropractor Maurice Pisciottano, the law practice of Kenneth Weidaw and Associates, Everette and Hurite, Pediatric Alliance, Pittsburgh Family Foot Care, Pasqual and Associates, A.G. Edwards & Sons, and Waterdam Dental, to name just a few.

Also, in 1989, the-first retailers at Waterdam opened for business; the Donut Connection, Subway, Ceiling Fans and Lighting, Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Goodyear among them.

In the years that followed, many more retail stores and professional practices joined the Waterdam family, and we've even helped a few relocate as they began to outgrow their space.

As the largest commercial landowner in Peters Township, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to our community and its people. The years have been absolutely great to us, and w'Őre truly fortunate to have the world's greatest tenants.

We express our thanks to Gene Strosser for his support in the early days, and to current President and CEO Telford W. Thomas and Executive Vice President Gary Weinstein for their continuing support. From several physicians to a number of hospital services, including the Children's Therapy Center, Laboratory and Ob/Gyn centers, The Washington Hospital has established a firm presence at Waterdam.

We would be remiss in not thanking all of the other hospital organizations that are now represented in Waterdam including Canonsburg Hospital, UPMC, Allegheny General Hospital, Children's Hospital, and Mercy Hospital. We also thank the professionals and store and shop owners of all types, too numerous to mention on this page, who lease our office and retail space.

We hope we have served--and continue to serve--you well, and look forward to many more years of working together. Finally, to the professionals who are considering locating at Waterdam, let us be the first to welcome you to the finest retail and office mixed use development in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

With appreciation,

Joseph Hardy, Jr.
Alex Hardy

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