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Arguments set for Sewickley condo development lawsuit

| Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, 11:51 a.m.

Arguments are scheduled Aug. 16 in a lawsuit filed by two residents who are trying to block a condominium development in Sewickley.

Sewickley residents John LeCornu and Anne Clarke Ronce filed the lawsuit in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court in March against the borough, stating that council's approval should be set aside because a public meeting violated the Sunshine Act.

Arguments are set before Judge Timothy O'Reilly in Common Pleas Court, Downtown, records showed on Aug. 7.

Borough council last year approved the conditional use sought by property owner Hoey's Run LLC for the development. The lawsuit says the borough building meeting room on Thorn Street where council approved the project contains about 40 seats which were full, people were standing in the aisles, and not all could hear or participate in the proceedings.

“This was not just a crowded meeting, where people have to wait their turn ... it was impossible to hear what was going on much of the time. It was the most uncivil and chaotic public meeting I've ever attended,” said Clarke Ronce, a member of Character Matters, a group of citizens concerned about the effect of the condo development on the community.

She said the buildings will “dominate the landscape in a way that nothing has been able to do for 150 years.”

Attorneys for the borough did not respond to inquiries for comment before the Herald's print deadline Monday.

Downtown-based Zamagias Properties proposed two four-story buildings between Blackburn Road, Centennial Avenue and Locust Place, according to documents filed with the borough.

Kimberly Palmiero is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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