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19-lot housing plan gets OK from Pine

| Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Brother builders Frank and Angelo Spagnolo recently got the green light to develop the Ridge at Pine Manor, a 19-lot, 26-acre housing plan in Pine.

Prices for a house and one-acre lot in the development will start at approximately $800,000.

The Spagnolos — owners of Gateway Land LLC — plan to build the Ridge at Pine Manor off an existing spur of Wynstone Drive in North Park Manor. Construction is expected to start soon.

“Definitely in the spring,” said Angelo Spagnolo, CEO of Gateway Land LLC and president of Spagnolo Custom Homes Inc.

Pine supervisors on Feb. 18 approved preliminary and final land development plans in exchange for the Spagnolos' pledge to help pay for sewer lines to 12 nearby Baur Drive households on aging septic systems.

Frank Spagnolo, one of the supervisors, abstained from the vote. He also abstained when fellow supervisors voted Feb. 18 to designate about 37 acres incorporating the Baur Drive households — and the proposed Ridge at Pine Manor — as a Public Infrastructure Improvement Overlay District.

The new designation allows the Spagnolos to increase the density of homes on land previously designated as an Estate Residential District. Township rules prohibit single family homes on less than three acres in an Estate Residential District.

In exchange for the higher density of homes allowed in a Public Infrastructure Improvement Overlay District, a developer agrees to improve the area's infrastructure — such as the new sewer lines planned for homes on Baur Drive. Last year, Pine officials received $250,000 in state gaming revenue to help pay for the new sewer lines.

Whether Baur Drive residents also will help pay for the new lines is unclear.

“It hasn't been determined who is doing the project. The developer? The township? There's a lot of work that needs to be done,” said Larry Kurpakus, the township's director of code administration and land development.

As another condition for approval of the Ridge at Pine Manor, Gateway Land LLC must contribute $25,000 to Pine Township for parks and recreation expenditures in Pine Community Park.

Angelo Spagnolo thanked Pine supervisors at the Feb. 18 meeting — and John Henrikson of the North Park Manor Homeowners Association — for their cooperation in developing plans for the Ridge at Pine Manor. North Park Manor and the Ridge at Pine Manor will share, for example, storm water management.

“Usually township governments and developers are on different sides of the fence, and then you're dealing with homeowners associations,” Angelo Spagnolo said. “There were three bodies that came together for a common good.”

No two houses will look alike in the Ridge at Pine Manor, according to Angelo Spagnolo. “The minimal square footage will be 3,000 square feet,” he said.

All of the proposed 19 homes also will feature “four-sided architecture,” Angelo Spagnolo said, plus, three- or four-car garages.

Lots in the Ridge at Pine Manor will range from a little larger than one acre, to one and a half-acres.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or

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