Goddard School owner will offer new proposal
After an application to build a Goddard School preschool off Washington Road in Upper St. Clair was denied this spring, the owner of the Goddard franchise in Peters is now trying to build on another site.
Robert A. Santo is scheduled to go before the Upper St. Clair commissioners on Jan. 6 with his plans to build a Goddard school on Painters Run Road along the township's border with Mt. Lebanon. He said the new school would be convenient to both municipalities, while relieving some of the demand on his current location.
“We've been full at the Peters school for four and a half years,” he said.
Santo's previous application to build the school on slightly less than an acre of land off North Highland Road was denied because zoning changes would have been required to allow the school in a residential zone, said municipal planning director Scott Brilhart.
Residents raised concerns about traffic in the area, which already has been heightened by the presence of a Trader Joe's market and several restaurants.
The larger size of the Painters Run Road site will allow construction of a 10,500-square-foot school — large enough to include a gymnasium, an amenity lacking in the Peters location, Santo said. The school will have up to 152 children at a given time, though more families could be enrolled given that some children only will attend for part of the day.
The proposed site is currently occupied by a vacant restaurant and two single-family homes.
The preliminary land use plan and conditional use application for the school was recommended for approval by the planning commission in November. A public hearing on the request will be held during the commissioners' meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 in the township building.
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