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Proposed housing development could be North Huntingdon's 2nd largest plan

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A new housing development could be coming to North Huntingdon.

The proposed 240-home Tuscan Hills housing development would be the township's second largest housing plan, behind Lincoln Hills, which has approximately 300 homes, according to Andrew Blenko, township planner and engineer.

Blenko said developer Dan Pasquarelli plans to discuss his plans for the development, along Barnes Lake and Hahntown-Wendel roads, with the planning commission during its June 3 meeting.

Pasquarelli, who developed the Woodridge Estates housing plan, located across the street from Tuscan Hills, was scheduled to have an advisory hearing during the meeting, but did not attend after he asked for more time to prepare plans for the development, Blenko said.

Planning commission member Bernard Solomon said township officials required Pasquarelli to wait 10 years after completing Woodridge Estates before developing at the site across the street.

“I'm sure this will be a whole different type of housing plan than Woodridge,” Solomon said.

According to planner Ryan Fonzi, officials finalized the existing part of Woodridge Estates in 2003, although there is still land available to develop a second phase.

Since both Barnes Lake and Hahntown-Wendel roads are state-owned, Blenko said officials have little control over traffic from the housing plan. But preliminary discussions include plans to install a traffic light at the intersection of Barnes Lake and Hahntown-Wendel roads, he said.

The new plan might increase traffic along Barnes Lake Road, which is already congested due to its access to Norwin Avenue, Walmart, Hampton Heights and Woodridge Estates, Blenko said. The second access point along Hahntown-Wendel Road could help alleviate some congestion, he said.

“If all that traffic had no way out, except onto Barnes Lake Road, all that traffic would be a problem, and in fact, it still might be a problem,” Blenko said.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626.

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