Townhouse, duplex plan in Aspinwall set for council vote

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Aspinwall officials are expected to vote next month on a 12-unit housing plan off of Center Avenue.

Overlook Court would be a mix of townhouses and duplexes accessed by a private road that shares the name of the complex.

The plan already has been given preliminary approval by the borough's planning commission.

Access to the plan would be from Center Avenue. Townhouses would be on the high side of the two-acre property. Duplexes would be on the other side.

Sizes for units would vary.

Steve Victor of architectural firm Victor-Wetzel Associates said the units would appeal to a variety of potential residents including empty nesters and people looking for a traditional townhouse.

The site doesn't have any existing utilities, and new sewer lines and fire hydrants would have to be installed on the property.

“Other than what's along Center Avenue, there's no infrastructure on the site,” Victor said.

Victor said Center Avenue Development, the developer of the property, will seek approval next month.

Several other developments have been planned for the site in the past. Those plans featured more units on the site.

Bob Stern of Center Avenue Development said the larger units in Overlook Court would have office space, and each would have a two car garage.

“They're going to be upscale units,” Stern said.

Stern has said he hopes to begin work on the development next year.

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

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