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Hastings development to add nearly 600 homes in South Fayette

| Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, 10:57 a.m.
Charter Homes plans to build nearly 600 housing units on the site of the former Mayview State Hospital in South Fayette Township.
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Charter Homes plans to build nearly 600 housing units on the site of the former Mayview State Hospital in South Fayette Township.

The former Mayview State Hospital site unused for over a decade no longer will be an eyesore in South Fayette.

Much of the site will be repurposed to hold 572 residential units and 75,000 square feet of commercial space as developers hope to have the first homes constructed by late 2017.

The town homes and duplexes will range from $200,000 to $900,000, according to Charter Homes President Rob Bowman.

Township commissioners gave the go ahead in August for the 150-acre site master plan by developer Charter Homes that includes walking trails and parks.

The two-phase, eight-year plan allocates 69 acres to be sold to the township to provide for an expansion of and public road entrance to Fairview Park, according to township spokeswoman Andrea Iglar.

That leaves 80 acres for the rest of the $200 million Hastings development, which is named after a Chartiers Creek homestead that doubled as a train station.

Park access is planned to be open by late summer 2017, township Manager Ryan Eggleston said.

“Right now the only access to Fairview Park is through a neighborhood, so a more publicly visible entrance is a great aspect of the plan,” Iglar said.

The first step is to remove or recycle 300,000 tons of debris and demolished construction materials left at the site, Eggleston said.

“It's a great use of a site that has been dormant and had no positive economic impacts during that time. It's going to create a lot of taxable revenue and generous additions to park space is a humongous asset to the township,” Eggleston said.

The township is using a $381,000 grant to study traffic impacts and solutions to and near the site.

According to an economic impact study commissioned by Charter Homes, the site would offer up $750,000 in property tax revenue and provide for 1,300 jobs.

The types of retail or commercial tenants that would be sought for the residential community haven't been disclosed, but Bowman said the area known as “Hastings Crossroads” would serve as the central feature of the neighborhood.

“Things like coffee shops, salons, spas, or small grocers — solve some problems, get some things on your way home and generally enjoy the neighborhood experience. We're getting away from the developer-clubhouse, which is empty a lot of the time, and providing a more authentic meeting place,” Bowman said.

David Singer is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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