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Additions to Park Place plan approved

| Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Officials in Cranberry have agreed to let developers of Cranberry's largest housing plan add 111 more units.

Park Place, a mixed-use, traditional neighborhood development off Rochester Road, will have 884 units when completed. The additional units will be apartments, said Ron Henshaw, Cranberry's director of planning.

“They plan to put apartment buildings in locations where they had planned single-family homes,” he said.

According to the township, Ryan Homes will build most of the homes.

Morgan Development, a Rochester, N.Y., company, is expected to participate, primarily in the construction of the apartment buildings.

Park Place is the largest development under way in Cranberry.

Park Place, Belle Vue and Chatham Commons, all in the vicinity of Graham Park, are in various stages of completion.

The Village of Cranberry Woods is being built next to the Westinghouse complex and will include two hotels with 238 rooms, 150 to 200 residential units, parking garages, movie theaters and 130,000 square feet of retail space.

Cranberry's supervisors approved the revised Park Place plan at a meeting last week.

Park Place has grid-pattern streets, alleys and sidewalks. It differs from much of Cranberry, where many neighborhoods have neither sidewalks nor alleys.

Park Place is being built in 12 phases.

The second phase, which has just started, will include urban parks, a community center, an outdoor pool and bocce courts.

Henshaw said he expects the plan to be finished in about five years.

Developments like Park Place give people more options, said George Hackett, president of Coldwell Banker in Downtown Pittsburgh.

“I think some people are getting away from having a very large lot. Lots of people today don't want to take care of a half acre. You have families where both parents are working, and they just don't have time for that,” Hackett said.

Don Rodgers of Creative Real Estate Development, which is developing Park Place, did not return calls for comment.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at rwills@tribweb.com.

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