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Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

A plan to convert a vacant building in Pine to a sports facility hit a snag on Monday when the township's planning commission questioned whether parking would be adequate.

Foglio Enterprises LLC wants to add 9,350 square feet, including a field house, to an existing 6,000-square-foot warehouse at 304 Warrendale Road to create Sports and Courts, a multi-use sports facility, said Glenn Foglio, the company's co-owner.

The center would accommodate leagues for flag football, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse, soccer and other sports. A freestanding concession house/café also would be built.

Sports and Courts would be operated by Dave Gray, who owns Coach Dave Gray Sports, which runs athletic camps, Foglio said.

The commission voted 4-0, with three members absent, to table a vote on whether to recommend that the board of commissioners approve a conditional use application, and asked Foglio to submit an analysis of parking demand.

“I don't think there is adequate parking,” commission Vice Chair Pasquale D. Avolio said of the plan for 41 parking spaces.

The planning commission also voted to recommend that the township commissioners schedule a public hearing on the conditional use application after the planning commission's June 10 meeting. By then, Foglio is expected to have submitted the parking study.

Foglio said on Wednesday his traffic engineer has examined the parking, and believes it is sufficient. Foglio said he is submitting documentation to the township and is confident the project will proceed as planned.

He expects the first phase, which would be the renovation of the existing building and the addition of restrooms and a balcony, to be completed in time for a September opening.

The concession house would open by spring 2014 and the field house would open by December 2014, he said.

Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or tparrish@tribweb.com.

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