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Timeline for Mayview development becoming more clear in South Fayette

Jim Spezialetti
| Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Behind a chain link fence lies the rubble of the former Mayview Hospital site in Upper St. Clair, Friday, June 13, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Behind a chain link fence lies the rubble of the former Mayview Hospital site in Upper St. Clair, Friday, June 13, 2014.

The lines of communication remain open between South Fayette school officials and township leaders as the development of the former Mayview property begins the approval process.

Township officials attended the school board's special meeting Aug. 4 to update members about what the developer, Charter Homes, submitted to the planning commission last month. Township commissioners were expected to review the preliminary plan for the first time Wednesday. The residential and commercial development would be done in several phases.

The first would begin with Hastings Green, an open space, and the Crossroads commercial development. A restaurant and day-care facility also are included. Residential construction in the first phase would include 44 single-family homes, 65 townhomes, 130 one-bedroom apartments and 130 two-bedroom apartments.

Township manager Ryan Eggleston said the developer will seek recommendation for land approval of the first phase at the Aug. 18 meeting of the planning commission. The earliest planners could approve construction would be in September. If township commissioners give final approval in October, Eggleston said the developer would anticipate construction of the first building in the second quarter of 2017. Phase one could be complete in spring 2019.

School officials were concerned that there wouldn't be enough time to budget for additional transportation and staffing when the first residential units are completed. Superintendent Bille Rondinelli said those units would be the farthest in the development from the school campus.

Board members' concerns were transportation and whether three-bedroom condominium units will be included. Board member Jennifer Iriti said she would like an analysis done halfway during phase one to determine whether a township consultant's estimates of the number of students moving into the district are on track.

Eggleston suggested that district officials send their concerns in writing before the next planning commission meeting.

School officials had asked to be kept up to date as plans for the residential and commercial development come before the township for approval. In March, the former Mayview property was rezoned as a Neighborhood Design District, which allowed Charter Homes to use the land for residential and commercial purposes.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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