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Building projects in North Huntingdon will bring new homes, jobs

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

North Huntingdon commissioners recently approved a pair of developments — one residential and one commercial — that will result in hundreds of new homes and jobs in the township.

At its April 16 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved plans for Tuscan Hills, a residential development of 251 single-family homes that will be built on 105 acres of former farmland.

Work on the first group of 33 homes is expected to begin in late June and take about 18 months to complete, said Rob DeZorzi of Glenn Engineering.

“We've put in a lot of work to get the project to this point, so we're really ready to get things started,” DeZorzi said.

Dan Pasquarelli, who owns the land and is developing the project, has proposed constructing homes in eight phases with between 16 and 46 units built each year through 2022. The cost of the homes is likely to be in the $250,000 range.

A contractor for the homes has not yet been picked, DeZorzi said.

The first six phases will be accessed from Barnes Lake Road, and the last two will have an entrance at Hahntown-Wendel Road.

Once it is completed, Tuscan Hills will be the second-largest development in the township, behind Lincoln Hills, which has 350 homes, according to Don Tarosky, who is a partner in the Lincoln Hills development.

During the same commissioner's meeting, Tarosky received unanimous approval by the board to proceed with site work for a proposed 70,000-square-foot office building on 15 acres just west of the entrance to the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Plans call for the property to be sold to Clayco, a engineering and construction company based in Chicago that will construct the office building and lease it to Express Scripts Inc.

The national pharmaceutical supply company, which employees about 700 people at a facility in North Versailles, announced that it will relocate to the new facility in North Huntingdon.

North Huntingdon officials were able to lure the company to the township by agreeing to a five-year deal that gives 100-percent forgiveness on property taxes for any new buildings constructed on the site. Road work and installation of utilities already have started at the site.

Andrew Blenko, the township's planning director, said the Clayco site is one of the last open spaces available along the Route 30 corridor.

“There's not much left, so from now on, we'll be in redevelopment mode,” he said. “Future projects along Route 30 will require developers to buy land that for the most part already have buildings on them and then tear the structures down, which can be a bit more expensive.”

Tony LaRussa is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626.

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