Donald Rodgers

last updated 4/11/2017

Donald B. Rodgers



General Information


President - Credco

Owner - Cranberry

Planning Director - Butler County

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Don Rodgers, principal of Cranberry-based Creative Real Estate Development Co., is counting on the extra lanes and other improvements to bring people to his proposed 200,000-square-foot mixed-used development next door to the new Westinghouse Electric Co. campus.He said he is frustrated that PennDOT has expanded the scope of the project, causing the funding gap."I don't have a project yet," said Rodgers, who referred to the situation as a "debacle."

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At the end of last year, developer Don Rodgers purchased 45 acres in Cranberry for about $4 million.Earlier this week, that gamble paid off with Westinghouse Electric's decision to build a 775,000-square-foot nuclear energy campus in Cranberry Woods, an office park at Interstate 79 and Route 228.As it turns out, Mr. Rodgers' wooded lot is contiguous to Westinghouse's 80-acre plot -- the site of more than 3,000 workers by 2010 -- and the Tuesday announcement was enough for Mr. Rodgers to start work on a plan for apartments, town houses, retail, office, restaurants and hotels to serve Westinghouse's clients, employees and families."As a matter of fact, the main [Westinghouse] entrance will be coming through our property," said Mr. Rodgers, president of Cranberry-based Creative Real Estate Development Co.Knowing that construction on Westinghouse's $140 million campus could begin in three months only makes Mr. Rodgers' plans "more urgent," said the well-known Cranberry developer, who now hopes to have his buildings up sometime next year.Westinghouse's departure from Monroeville after more than 31/2 decades is a big economic concern for that eastern Allegheny County town, where Westinghouse is still the largest employer, a big taxpayer and accounts for 12,000 to 15,000 hotel room nights per year.Up in Cranberry, Westinghouse's arrival is expected to generate demand for new homes, businesses and retail in a community that already stands as one of the fastest-growing areas in southwestern Pennsylvania.On the north side of Route 228, Indianapolis mall developer Simon Property Group is planning a "lifestyle" retail center that would mix shops, restaurants and homes over 80 acres.To the north and east of the Simon site, Mr. Rodgers, landowner Joe Fisher and Indianapolis development firm Lauth Property Group are drawing up plans for 800,000 to 1 million square feet of office space. Mr. Rodgers does not own anything inside Cranberry Woods but has several other retail developments up and down Route 228, including Cranberry Commons.Lauth, the same developer working with Mr. Rodgers on the north side of Route 228, may team up with Mr. Rodgers' Creative Real Estate Development on the south side of Route 228, too.A Lauth vice president could not be reached for comment.Mr. Rodgers expects to meet with Westinghouse soon to discuss what the company wants and needs on the nearby 45-acre plot.Mr. Rodgers also is working with township officials to develop a zoning classification for the wooded site that "would benefit Cranberry and Westinghouse," Mr. Rodgers said.

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Donald Rodgers
President, Creative Real Estate Development Company, Inc.

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