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Townhouse development in Aspinwall moves forward

| Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A townhouse development in Aspinwall can move forward after officials approved a site plan with conditions last week.

The 12-unit Overlook Court from Center Avenue Developments LLC was approved with 16 conditions. A vote for the plan off of Center Avenue was delayed while developers waited for geotechnical reports and wall designs.

Those items are still outstanding. However, engineer Dan Martone said, a review of the site showed that the soils won't be a problem where construction will be.

“There's no big issues now,” Martone said.

Bob Stern, developer of the site, said he expected conditions to be placed on the plan.

“I would not expect any kind of approval without contingencies,” Stern said.

Martone said the plan still must go through several reviews before permits can be issued.

The plan comes with three waivers of borough requirements for roads. Those include width of the borough right of way, cartway width and horizontal curb radius. Martone said the size of the site is the reason for those requests.

“The reason it doesn't meet that is because the site is kind of tight and small,” Martone said.

Steve Victor of Victor-Wetzel Associates, the architect for the project, said those requests were made because the street planned for the development is private. He said the plans haven't changed and were reviewed by the planning commission, which recommended approval of the project.

“These modifications have been in there since the beginning with the planning commission,” Victor said.

The conditions include requiring the developers to resolve any issues at the site with the borough engineer.

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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