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Excela Health gets OK to build access roads first to planned ambulatory care center in Unity Township

| Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Unity Township supervisors approved an agreement with Excela Health to build two roads to access a planned ambulatory care center.

The roads, with proposed names of Medical Park Drive and Excela Health Drive, would be built before the building to allow better access for construction of the three-story, 114,000-square-foot building.

Because Excela is uncertain of the start date for the building construction, the company proposed to build the roads first, said Solicitor Gary Falatovich.

“Excela has approached the township about putting in this road in a somewhat unorthodox way,” he said.

This way, both public traffic and construction vehicles will have easier access while the care center is being completed, Falatovich said.

Under the agreement, Excela is responsible for street lights and utilities that would become public when the road is turned over to the township, he said.

According to the agreement, Medical Park Drive would access Route 30 from the north of the 20-acre property and from the east along Excela Health Drive connecting to Wildcat Commons Plaza, which contains the Wal-Mart store.

With the new access, drivers traveling on Route 981 would no longer have to travel Route 30 to get to the plaza, Falatovich said.

“It's the most efficient way to do it. Essentially what the township gets is a public road with street lights ... and relief from Route 30 traffic ...,” Falatovich said.

The roads are planned for construction “within the next year or so,” he said. Excela will be responsible for any damage to the new roads and existing public roads during construction of the building, Falatovich said.

The Latrobe Ambulatory Care Center will house offices for primary care physicians, specialists, rehabilitation and diagnostic services in one site, similar to the Excela Square facility in North Huntingdon.

In other business, supervisors approved permit extensions for the center contingent upon a highway occupancy permit from the state Department of Transportation and approval of the site plan by the township's municipal authority.

First approved March 14, the plan was given another 90-day extension.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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