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Restrictions approved for Schuette Farms plan

| Thursday, June 19, 2014, 9:45 a.m.

Twenty-one restrictions were set for a local developer who is attempting once again to construct nearly 50 single-family homes on 60 acres off of Willett Road in Baldwin.

Borough council on Tuesday set the limitations when it granted final site plan approval for the Schuette Farms Planned Residential Development in a 6-0 vote. Councilman John “Butch” Ferris was absent.

The final site plan approval allows developer Michael Facchiano Contracting Inc. to move forward in requesting building and grading permits for the 48 single family home project that was presented to council members in March, borough Manager John Barrett said.

The Mt. Lebanon developer has not committed to any time frame for construction, said Steven Victor, a partner with Victor-Wetzel Associates, who declined to comment on the conditions set by borough council or other aspects of the project.

Facchiano on Wednesday said he has not seen the conditions yet and could not comment.

Conditions set by council include hours and days when construction can occur — from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday — and restricting construction vehicles to use Streets Run Road to enter the site. The conditions also allow the borough to have someone inspect all fill used to level off the property, at the developer's expense.

This is the second go around for the Schuette Farm project. The developer received preliminary approval for a project in 2008, yet never moved forward with construction, solicitor Stanley Lederman said.

The developer returned to Baldwin with a revised plan that Baldwin leaders said they had too many changes and therefore they required the housing project to go through the entire planning process again.

Baldwin leaders on Tuesday raised concerns that they had received no response from the developer after being granted a 60-day extension in April to vote on the project. The extension was granted to give the developer more time to discuss the conditions, Lederman said.

A 60-day extension was granted for final approval, setting the deadline for Baldwin council to vote this month.

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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