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North Huntingdon commissioners deny plan for site of weddings

| Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A North Huntingdon backyard barn that unexpectedly became an in-demand spot for weddings and graduation parties must cease operation since it has failed to meet site plan criteria, despite multiple extensions.

Commissioners voted to deny the site plan for the Guffey Barn Venue, 14179 Lincoln Way. Outgoing Commission President Lee Moffat cast the sole vote against a denial.

Owner Steven Guffey, who has previously told commissioners that he was willing to cooperate to meet criteria, did not attend the meeting Thursday . He did not respond to a request for comment.

The site plan had been approved for five extensions to complete work, according to records. The plan was denied based on six criteria.

The barn, on the rear of a single-family lot in North Huntingdon, has been used for banquets, receptions and weddings.

It has not been inspected or approved for public assembly, according to township zoning minutes.

Among the criteria listed, the site plan fails to provide sufficient parking, fails to provide required detention pond slopes and fails to provide off-site easements for storm water and sewage lines.

The site plan was set to be denied in October, but Guffey pleaded with commissioners to grant an extension. Commissioners granted a two-month extension, which expired this month .

The barn was built in either 2002 or 2003, according to meeting minutes. It can be accessed through either Guffey's driveway or a private road that leads up to Guffey's other business, a Johnston the Florist branch.

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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