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Proposed bed and breakfast in Aspinwall gains traction

| Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:57 p.m.

Bed and breakfasts are a step closer to reality in Aspinwall.

Council voted 4-3 to advertise an update to its conditional uses in the borough's zoning district that stretches from Western to Brilliant avenues, known as AR-3. Council members Kevin Gordon, Mark Ellermeyer, Joseph Warren and Ann Pawlikowski voted in favor while council members Joe Noro, Ann Marsico and Jim Donahoe opposed.

The borough's planning commission and Allegheny County's economic development department must review the changes before council takes a final vote. Solicitor Steve Korbel said council could take a final vote by June.

Karen Connor has expressed interest in buying 111 Brilliant Ave. and turning it into a bed and breakfast. Some residents who live near the property have spoken out against her proposal, citing already tight parking in the area and concerns about safety in the neighborhood.

The requirements for a bed and breakfast state that any building used for one must be at least 5,000 square feet. Breakfast also would be the only food allowed to be prepared and or served at the site and only for overnight guests.

If Connor follows through on her plan to be the main resident of the site, have three rooms for rent as the bed and breakfast and one apartment rental, she would be required to have six off-street parking spaces under the proposal. The site does not have enough room for that many spaces as currently designed.

Korbel said issues with parking and occupancy requirements for Connor's specific plan would be addressed as she moves forward with her proposal.

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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