Bed and breakfast plan raises questions in Aspinwall

A bed and breakfast could be coming to 111 Brilliant Ave. in Aspinwall.
A bed and breakfast could be coming to 111 Brilliant Ave. in Aspinwall.
Photo by Jan Pakler | for The Herald
| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Neighbors of a proposed bed and breakfast in Aspinwall have concerns about parking and the safety of their neighborhood.

Karen Connor has expressed interest in buying property at 111 Brilliant Ave. in Aspinwall, and turning it into a bed and breakfast.

The borough doesn't have regulations for bed and breakfast inns now, but is working on a series of rules that council could discuss next month.

Solicitor Steve Korbel said a first draft would limit the businesses to no more than five guest rooms, and would require one parking spot per guest room and two spaces for the primary resident. No more than 10 overnight guests would be allowed at one time, and breakfast would be the only meal prepared for guests.

Connor has said she would like to have as many as three guest rooms at her business. She said a bed and breakfast would work well with current stores and restaurants in the borough.

“I think it would be a very nice complement to the existing businesses. I think the guests from the bed and breakfast can go to the restaurants and the shops that are already available,” Connor said.

Residents near the property have concerns about how well Connor's idea would fit into the neighborhood.

Amy Larsen, who lives near the property, said she worries about parking and safety. “I love the idea of a bed and breakfast in Aspinwall. Not next door to me. That's the dilemma,” Larsen said.

Linda Clouse said parking already is tight for residents and customers of local businesses.

“There's a lot of issues, and we have limited parking right now,” she said.

If officials approve rules for bed and breakfasts, Connor still would have to submit a site plan for her business, borough Manager Melissa Lang said. “This is not giving her permission to start her project. This is just saying she can apply,” Lang said.

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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