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McCandless senior living center gets OK for fewer parking spaces

Tony LaRussa
| Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, 9:00 p.m.

The developer of an independent senior living center along Babcock Boulevard has received permission from McCandless council to provide fewer parking spaces than town regulations require.

In December, Vincentian Collaborative Systems received the go-ahead to construct the 91-unit Terrace Place at Vincentian , which will be located at the intersection of Kummer Road and Babcock near UPMC Passavant.

The developer plans to build a three-story masonry and glass building on the 10-acre site of the former Regency nursing home, which already was demolished.

Based on its size, municipal regulations require that a minimum of 137 parking spaces be constructed. However, the developer believes it will only need 105 parking spots.

For the request to be approved, council is requiring the land for the additional 32 spaces be set aside so they can build more parking if needed in the future, said Bruce Betty, the town's zoning administrator.

Reducing the amount of parking can pay dividends by cutting down on the amount of stormwater runoff from the site, Betty said, noting the unpaved area will allow stormwater to seep into the ground.

Municipalities are facing more stringent requirements from the federal government that they take steps to prevent stormwater runoff from carrying silt and other pollutants into local waterways, Betty said. As a result, developers are being asked to do more to control the rainwater that falls on their properties.

He said the developer of Terrace Place is spending about $1 million to install a stormwater detention system on the site.

Terrace Place will feature an environmentally friendly concept that preserves green space on the property, according to information on the developer's website.

Adaptive features such as smart appliances, walking trails, outdoor multi-use areas and other amenities to help residents remain active also are planned for the project.

“Terrace Place will embrace nature by featuring a pond, meadow, walking trails and outdoor recreation areas all conveniently located just minutes from shopping and entertainment activities in the North Hills,” said Nick Vizzoca, Vincentian's president and CEO, during a Nov. 8 ground-breaking ceremony for the project.

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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