Friends of the Riverfront
has entered into a sales agreement to purchase the Aspinwall Marina
In addition to preserving this important community asset, the
20-year-old river advocacy organization plans to develop a new park on
or near the 8-acre marina site.
"This is a
tremendous opportunity for us to fulfill our mission of reconnecting
people with their riverfronts. The community of Aspinwall and the
neighboring communities have been very active and supportive, and we
can't think of a better project," says Thomas Baxter, executive director
of Friends of the Riverfront.
The family who
currently owns the marina at 285 River Avenue has worked diligently to
find the right buyer who will preserve its legacy, and Baxter expects
the sale to be finalized within the next few months. The sale price will
not be disclosed until that time, though the property was last listed
at $2.3 million. The Fox Chapel District Association
has already committed $50,000 toward the project. Once the marina is
purchased, Friends of the Riverfront intends to involve the community in
deciding what kinds of renovations need to be made.
the proposed park has yet to be designed, Baxter says that it will be
used to better connect the community, and its creation will draw
heavily from public input.Sign up
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Writer: John Farley
Source: Thomas Baxter, Friends of the Riverfront