Zoning updates on tap for bridge area
Potential development at the former Dugout Bar site on Freeport Road, up the hill from the new Freeport Bridge, has Buffalo Township looking into rezoning the area and potentially updating its billboard ordinance.
Real estate developer Brian Clark of Harrison said he plans to purchase the 2-acre parcel but hasn't determined what to put there.
“We want to take advantage of the amenities that are there,” he said. “With the Butler-Freeport trail and the (pedestrian) crossing on the bridge, we expect a new kind of traffic, like people on bicycles. We want to take advantage of that.”
Clark was involved with the development of the Dunkin' Donuts plaza on East Tenth Avenue in Tarentum.
“Those are the kind of small developments that we like to do,” he said.
The Buffalo Township parcel is zoned agricultural; Clark has requested the area be rezoned.
The area could be designated as a business district or a conservation district, which regulates areas where topography is an issue, such as steep hillsides or near wetlands, said township Supervisor John Haven.
But rezoning is a long process, he said.
“We have to review other people's plans for zoning like that,” Haven said.
Buffalo and Freeport's planning commissions are working together on the rezoning because the area is located on the border of the municipalities.
The commission members also will recommend whether billboards should be permitted on the site.
There are several billboards on the hillside that were “grandfathered” because they existed prior to Buffalo's 2009 ordinance regulating the signs.
The ordinance allows billboards only in a manufacturing district, so a special exception would need to be made for the hillside along Freeport Road.
Haven said he can understand Clark's and others' desire to erect billboards in the area.
“When you come off the bridge, for advertising, if you want to put a billboard anywhere, it's an excellent place to put one because you're driving right toward it,” he said.
Clark said he's working with the municipalities on zoning and other issues, such as utility relocation that's taken place because of the Freeport Bridge project and water runoff from the hillside.
“That's why we're not upset about taking our time on this, because there are so many issues,” he said.
Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Alle-Kiski police try to get drivers to cool it
- New Kensington to consider bake shop
- New Kensington residents furious over road conditions
- Vandergrift works on flooding, sewage project issues
- New Ken police arrest cobbler robbery suspects
- Alle-Kiski farmers: Crops weather heavy rain
- Remains of Korean War soldier from Apollo identified
- Cost of Glade Run Lake dam to beat estimates
- Keystone Markers give insights about towns but have fallen victim to time, theft or traffic accidents
- Springdale counters despair with ‘HOPE’
- Plum landslide to be fixed after year