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Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

The Plum School District wants property it owns off School Road rezoned to expand development opportunities.

But the Plum Borough Planning Commission on Monday night delayed consideration on the proposal.

Commission members voted to table the district's request to rezone about 55 acres from suburban residential to office commercial.

Members said they wanted more information including a more precise map of School Road that shows the location of the former administration building, the former Pivik Elementary and the new school. The site also has vacant land.

Homes, public buildings and schools are permitted uses on property that is zoned suburban residential.

Shopping centers, medical clinics, gas stations and heliports are some of the permitted uses for property that is zoned office commercial.

Anthony Giglio, a partner with Andrews & Price, the Plum School District's law firm, told commission members the district is looking to market the property including the former administration building, eventually the former Pivik Elementary and vacant land to outside buyers.

Giglio said the district has an “interested buyer” for the former administration building.

The school board last year approved the sale of the former administration building located at Old Leechburg Road and School Road to Michael E. and Sherry A. Podobnik of Plum for $185,000. Without a zoning change, though, the building's sale is in a holding pattern, according to Giglio.

The sale price was for 1.79 acres of the dozen-acre site, Solicitor Lee Price has said.

The Plum Zoning Hearing Board earlier last year denied the Podobniks' request for a variance for the property to permit a light manufacturing business.

Giglio didn't have the exact acreage that would be available for sale minus the current Pivik Elementary School.

Giglio said he would provide the commission with the information.

Residents of Old Leechburg Road are opposed to the rezoning request.

“This is a residential area with all houses,” said Doug Fair of Old Leechburg Road. “(Rezoning) is not acceptable.”

The planning commission next meets at 6:30 p.m. May 20.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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