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McCandless council OKs 91-unit senior community

Tony LaRussa
| Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

McCandless council has unanimously approved the construction of a 91-unit independent senior living center along Babcock Boulevard.

Terrace Place at Vincentian , which is being developed by Vincentian Collaborative Systems, will be located at the intersection of Kummer Road and Babcock near UPMC Passavant.

Plans call for construction of a three-story masonry and glass building on the 10-acre site of the former Regency nursing home, which already has been demolished, said Bruce Betty, the town's zoning and development administrator.

“They've already started grading the site and I suspect construction will begin in the spring,” he said, adding that there already is a waiting list of some 200 people interested in living in the senior community.

Terrace Place will feature an environmentally friendly concept that preserves green space on the property, according to information on the developer's website. The developers also are planning adaptive features for the project such as smart appliances, walking trails, outdoor multi-use areas and more to help residents remain active.

Betty said the project will involve a substantial amount of work to address stormwater runoff.

“They're spending about $1 million for stormwater detention and control features on the site,” he said, adding that some of that work is being required by the municipality and is being done voluntarily.

The developers still must receive council's approval for a request to reduce the number of parking spaces on the site. Based on its size, municipal regulations require that a minimum of 137 parking spaces be constructed.

The developer has proposed 105 spaces.

“They've told us that they don't think they will need the number of spaces that are required,” Betty said, adding that if the reduction is approved, the land for the additional 32 spaces will be set aside so more can be added if needed.

Reducing the number of parking spaces also can help cut down on stormwater runoff because the land on which the additional spaces would have been built can remain unpaved, allowing rainwater to seep into the ground, Betty said.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or tlarussa@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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