Project Details: Parkside Commons

847 North Main Street, Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335
Completed in 2007
Related Services: Institutional

Parkside Commons was not only an example of institutional building, but also of an adaptive reuse. Professional Development Associates based in Erie PA acquired this 103,000 square foot vacant Junior High School in Meadville PA, with plans to renovate it into 56 residential living units and commercial office space. The scope of renovations, complexity of financing and approvals, “Historical Tax Credit” concerns and specifications as well as age and cosmetic conditions of the building posed many obstacles. MGM General Construction Corporation completed the project on time, and on budget. The apartments are now completely occupied and the facility is a showplace for future projects in the city of Meadville.


Tom KennedyI met Martin fifteen years ago when I was renovating the Palace Building in Erie, PA. Five years ago we decided to use MGM for an adaptive re-use project in Meadville which involved converting Meadville high school to Parksdide Commons which is now a mixed-use residential and commercial facility. Martin was the general contractor who was in charge of converting the classroom sections of the building to apartments and the former gymnasium to office space for the state department of health. They did an excellent job! They were superior in managing the schedule and costs, with an eye on getting the project completed correctly. He applied a great attention to detail on the whole range of the project; from small work to large scale endeavors.

Tom Kennedy
Parkside Living Center
Meadville, PA