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Work to begin soon on Abby Place

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By Chris Foreman
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8:36 p.m.

A longtime home-builder in the region intends to break ground this summer on a 21-house development in Level Green.

Six years after buying a 12-acre property off Pine Hollow Road, D.M. Brentzel Builders of Irwin is seeking Penn Township's approval for single-family homes for what it is calling the Abby Place plan.

The development will include 17 four-bedroom homes along a public street to be named Christina Court, and four custom-built homes on two private lanes, said Karen Brentzel, a township resident who owns the land and Brentzel Builders with her husband, Dennis “Yogi” Brentzel.

The planning and zoning commission voted last week to forward the plan to the township's solicitor and engineer and the Westmoreland County Planning Department for review and comments. Commissioners will have the final vote on the plan.

Karen Brentzel said the business will offer a choice of four floor plans for the homes on Christina, which are expected to cost between $350,000 and $450,000 for the house and lot.

The Howard Hanna office in Murrysville is taking lot reservations.

“It is a beautiful property,” Brentzel said. “I don't think that is going to be a difficult sell.”

This will be the first housing development by D.M. Brentzel, which has built homes in the Estates at Penntowne, Deer Run, Campbell Farms, Penn Glade and The Villas at the Trails.

A previous iteration of the project reviewed by township officials included patio homes, which typically are one-story homes that share a fire wall.

The company postponed the project in the past couple of years because of the economy, Karen Brentzel said.

“It's bouncing back very well,” she said of the economy.

Dallas Leonard, community development director, said Brentzel has asked for expedited approval so it can begin its site work.

The housing plan is the biggest in Penn Township in the past few years, but Leonard said he has been meeting with other developers who are interested in building. He declined to identify them until they submit plans.

“There's a couple pretty good ones that we're looking at,” Leonard said. “They're fairly large.”

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or

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