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Officials to vote about possibilities of bed and breakfasts in Aspinwall

| Thursday, April 3, 2014, 4:06 p.m.

Aspinwall officials will vote next week on whether bed and breakfasts will be allowed in the borough.

The proposal would make bed and breakfasts a conditional use in part of the borough. They would be allowed in the area of the borough from Western to Brilliant avenues, known as the AR-3 zoning district. Council President Joe Noro said the issue will come up for a vote at the next council meeting, April 9, at 7 p.m.

Karen Connor has stated her desire to buy a property at 111 Brilliant Ave. and turn it into a bed and breakfast. That has sparked concern from nearby residents about the impact the development would have on parking and safety. More than 30 people packed the council chambers at the borough building Wednesday night to discuss the issue.

Resident Linda Clouse presented a petition signed by 70 families who oppose the bed and breakfast. She said residents are concerned about parking and having different people coming into the neighborhood regularly.

Councilwoman Ann Marsico said parking is already an issue and adding a bed and breakfast would add to those problems.

“Adding more cars to that I think just takes a problem that's already there and makes it a little worse,” Marsico said.

Under the proposal, a bed and breakfast would be required to have one parking spot per guest room and two for the primary residents of the property.

Resident Reed McManigle said even when parking is tight, it is still possible to find spaces in the area.

“I think it's just being blown out of proportion here. There's not going to be that much more activity there,” McManigle said.

Councilman Mark Ellermeyer said even if officials approve adding bed and breakfasts as a conditional use, Connor would still have work to do before her project could be considered.

“If we approve that, there's still lots of hurdles yet to be crossed before Karen or anybody else can have a bed and breakfast,” Ellermeyer said.

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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