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Vocollect zoning hearing postponed

| Monday, May 20, 2013, 10:39 a.m.

An appeal of the Penn Hills council's decision to grant a re-zoning request and pave the way for expansion of the Vocollect business will have to wait until next month.

Attorneys for the technology company, with offices in Penn Hills and Monroeville, requested that the May 21 appeal hearing before the Penn Hills Zoning Board be postponed. The matter will likely come back before the board at its June meeting.

An attorney who represents the Chatelain Corp. and a group of local residents are appealing Penn Hills Council's decision to rezone about 10 acres of property off of Maple Lane.

Council voted late last year to change the zoning from single-family residential to a combination of mixed-use and conservation district.

Property owner Joseph D'Andrea, 78, wants to develop a 40,000-square-foot, two-story office building to allow Vocollect to consolidate its employees into one location.

The Chatelain Corp. - whose president is a Gramac Lane resident looking to develop property near Vocollect - and the residents who've joined with it would like to prevent that.

In addition to appealing the zoning ruling, the group also filed a land-use appeal in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court in December 2012.

Vocollect is owned by Intermec, Inc., based in Everett, Wash.

Patrick Varine is an editor with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at pvarine@tribweb.com or 412-320-7845.

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