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Collier project developer draws ire of nearby residents

| Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 2:54 p.m.
Hiroo Patel

Residents in Collier want township officials to take strong action against a developer whose property they say is causing flooding in residential areas.

Residents in the Cubbage Hill area say water runoff from the Prestley Heights development, which straddles Collier and Carnegie, has flooded basements and yards.

Township officials, including code enforcement officer Tom Plietz, met with representatives of Prestley Heights Sept. 5 to discuss storm-water issues. Representatives from Carnegie also were present.

“The bottom line is that we're trying to provide support for Collier so they can get the relief they need,” Carnegie borough manger Steve Beuter said.

Prestley Heights developer Hiroo Patel, of Tri-State Design and Development, was at the meeting. Plietz said Patel offered several solutions for the runoff problem, including higher curbs, increased earthen berms and a larger detention area.

The township, through the state department of environmental protection, issued a compliance order July 25 requiring Patel to “cease all earth disturbance activities at the (site) except for the implementation and maintenance” that would lessen the runoff issue. The site previously had been cited by the county conservation district for ongoing violations.

Patel said corrective action has been implemented in one area of the development already.

DEP officials indicated the department cannot assist the township with cost recovery for clean-up expenses incurred by the township and residents.

Residents said they want compensated for the damage caused by the July 10 flooding, which they claim was a result of poor storm-water management at Prestley Heights.

Township commissioners reminded residents that the board voted unanimously against the development in 2004, but Patel filed a land-use appeal in the county court of common pleas. Patel won the appeal in 2005.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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