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New building planned for Leetsdale Industrial Park

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 8:55 p.m.

A new office and warehouse building will be constructed in the Leetsdale Industrial Park.

Council members last week approved, 5-1, a 47,300-square foot building at the corner of Brickworks Road and Petrun Road.

Council member Linda Michael voted “no” and Roger Nanni was absent.

No tenant has been named for the building, said Tony Rosenberg of Chapman Properties, owner of Leetsdale Industrial Park.

“We don't have a use at this point,” he said. “That's the only site left for development on Brickworks (Road).”

Because the facility will sit adjacent to several homes on Monroe Way, developers of the property will construct barriers, including a wall, and also offer a row of trees as buffer, Lennon Smith Souleret Engineering Inc., engineer John Heyl said.

At issue is a proposed, 6-foot storm-water retention pond.

While council members approved the development, they did so under a condition that they later could consider adding a fence around the pond, which is expected to hold four feet of water when necessary.

Borough engineer Dan Slagle and solicitor Megan Ott both agree that a fence should surround the pond for safety.

“The retention facility does not have a fence around it, and there's no way of deterring children or animals from getting in that detention facility,” Slagle said.

Rosenberg said he didn't want a fence, but would consider shrubbery and other natural elements to serve as a barrier.

Heyl said the pond is necessary as it “will prevent the river from backing up into the system and flooding these backyards.”

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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