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Housing complex being considered in O'Hara Township

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

There might be a new housing development coming to O'Hara.

Council is considering approval of a 27-lot project along Saxonburg Boulevard, albeit a hilly section of land that poses some construction obstacles.

Council members were expected to discuss preliminary approval during last week's meeting but instead are waiting for revised plans from developer Andrea Gambotto.

“It's tentative,” township manager Julie Jakubec said. “We're waiting for some redesigns based on council suggestions.”

As proposed, the planned residential development would include 26 single-family homes and a clubhouse.

The complex would sit near Country Club Lane, with an entrance off Saxonburg Boulevard.

The property includes about 49 acres, enough for green space to be included in the plan, Jakubec said.

When the property sold, the state Department of Environmental Protection in its review restricted construction on the top portion of Country Club Lane unless there was remediation of potential ground contamination from old oil wells. Currently, the land is vacant, Jakubec said.

Council is scheduled to tour the property at 10 a.m. Feb. 16.

“The topography up there is tough,” she said. “They are looking for a few exceptions and council, not the zoning board, would be the one to approve them.”

Developers are expected to revisit council in early April with revised plans.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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