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Rezoning could promote sale of Whitehall Country Club site

| Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The rezoning of a 4.5-acre tract along Provost Road — once a summer haven for swimmers and tennis players that now sits vacant — should help expand the possibilities for future development of the site.

After months of discussions and pleas from the owners of the Whitehall Country Club to consider rezoning the site on Provost Road, Whitehall council in December approved changes to the zoning of the vacant property in an effort to boost its sale, borough Manager James Leventry said.

“It was a request by the owners who were having trouble selling the property that started this,” he said.

In all, council members approved changing the zoning to R2-AS for five parcels on Provost Road, following a public hearing on Dec. 4, Leventry said. The R2-AS residential zoning area allows for four single-family dwellings or 12 townhouses to be built on one acre of land.

Three of the five properties, including the former country club site, previously had been zoned R2-S, which allows for fewer homes per acre. The other two properties, including the Shadow Drive Plan townhouse association common area and 50 existing townhouses, were zoned R-5, which allows for eight townhouses or a multifamily dwelling containing 20 apartments per acre.

The rezoning took longer than planned because of required surveying of the properties, Leventry said.

Whitehall Country Club closed in 2010. Selling the site been a struggle, the owners and realtor have said. Chuck and Patty Hosler purchased the property and planned to open an indoor baseball facility and move their Rising Sun Martial Arts School there, but struggled to finance it.

The last rezoning approved in Whitehall was in 2012 to allow a self-storage facility to be built near the Weyman and Provost road intersection — just down the street from the Whitehall Country Club property — at the site of a defunct junkyard.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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