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North Huntingdon planners give OK for 33 single-family homes

| Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, 10:42 p.m.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
The proposed site for the construction of 33 single-family homes by RWS Development Inc. along Durst Road and Morris Avenue in North Huntingdon. If the developer gets the required permits and approvals, construction could begin next year.

A developer's plan to build 33 single-family homes on former farmland between Oak Hollow Park and Morris Avenue in North Huntingdon received preliminary approval this week.

Developer Robert W. Shuster told the township planning commission Monday that he hopes to begin construction in 2017 on the third and fourth phases of the Brook Haven development, which is bounded by Timothy Drive, Durst Road and Morris Avenue. The company is building a “spec home” on Durst Road, and work is proceeding on a sewage line in that area.

The development includes six “estate lots” that would have an average lot size of five acres, Shuster said. He said after the meeting that some homes in the Brook Haven plan could range in price from $400,000 to $800,000.

The development is targeted for land owned by RWS Land Co., which owns 91 acres in that area, according to county tax maps.

The proposed Brook Haven development in North Huntingdon is a continuation of the same plan that RWS Custom Homes is building in neighboring Penn Township, where it has 39 lots under construction.

Darlene Simpson of Durst Road, whose property is adjacent to Shuster's development but is not part of the Brook Haven plan, asked whether she would be required to connect to the municipal sewage line being laid across her property to serve the proposed housing plan. Simpson said her house is served by a septic system.

Andrew Blenko, planning director, said the township municipal authority is in charge of the sewage system.

The planning commission's approval is contingent upon the developer acquiring all of the necessary government permits for the project, including PennDOT's approval for connecting driveways from six lots onto Morris Avenue, which is a state highway that runs parallel to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Blenko said.

Township commissioners could offer final approval when the board meets in September.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or

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