73-home subdivision plan approved for Westwood Golf Club
Five years since he bought the former Duquesne Golf Club at a sheriff's sale, Elizabeth Township businessman Mark Latorre finally will build houses there.
On Tuesday, West Mifflin council unanimously approved Latorre's plan to subdivide part of Westwood Golf Club for 73 homes.
“I think Mr. Latorre should be commended for sticking with the project,” Mayor Chris Kelly said.
Latorre, president of Westwood & Associates LLC, stuck with it even though opposition forced him to alter what initially was a plan to turn 12 acres of the 142-acre golf course over for eight structures housing 32 townhouses.
“The project for the golf course is finished,” then-planning commission chairman Rusty Stinner said after receiving a letter from Latorre in May 2009.
Latorre came back with a plan for 21.8 acres. As approved with a long list of conditions, he will build homes in phases, 20 in the first, 19 in the second and 34 in the third.
Most appear routine but Latorre was asked to formally request a modification of provisions in the borough subdivision and land development ordinance for cul-de-sacs.
The borough limits cul-de-sac streets to 400 feet but Latorre is proposing 900 feet.
In addition, he will need approvals, such as PennDOT's blessing for a connection of Clubhouse Drive to Commonwealth Avenue and agreement for a sewage collection system with West Mifflin Sanitary Sewer Municipal Authority.
PennDOT approval may ease concern about how his homes would affect traffic.
As was his intention five years ago, Latorre plans to sell the homes in the $200,000 range. Latorre said he can market the homes through his own real estate company.
“A development of this size will add tax dollars,” borough community development director Walter B. Anthony said.
Another concern has been the future of the golf course itself. Recent plans pointed to a reduction to nine holes, but it may not be necessary.
“We're trying to restructure it to remain 18 holes,” he said before Tuesday's meeting. He told council that is “not guaranteed” but that an architect is looking into it.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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