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Aspinwall planning commission hears townhouse proposal

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Monday, July 1, 2013, 5:27 p.m.
 

A townhouse plan is the latest proposal for a two-acre piece of land off Center Avenue in Aspinwall.

Initial plans for Overlook Court, a 14-unit development, were presented to the borough planning commission last week.

Members of the planning commission did not make a recommendation as more detailed plans will be prepared.

The site has been the location for previous proposals that failed.

Developer Karl Smith previously attempted to build complexes at the site. Those plans featured more units and led to a lawsuit against the borough.

Bob Stern of Center Avenue Development, the owner of the property who was not involved in the previous proposals, is confident the current proposal is possible.

“This should work,” Stern said.

Steve Victor of Victor-Wetzel Associates, the architect for the project, said multiple styles of townhomes would be offered to appeal to a variety of prospective residents.

“The opportunity here is to draw really two different lifestyles,” Victor said.

Access to the site would be through a private road. A sprinkler system would be installed for fire protection.

A formal application will be presented before the project can move forward. Stern has said he hopes to start work next year. He said he doesn't want cause any issues with existing homes in the area.

He said that the proposal fits in well with the community.

“It's not low-rent housing,” Stern said. “Hopefully it won't create the buzz it did in the past.”

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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