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Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 7:48 p.m.
 

A New Jersey firm wants to build 120 units of single-family homes, patio homes and townhouses on a 55-acre parcel along Carney Road in Unity, the developers said Tuesday.

William Limpert, owner of WDL LLC of Medford, N.J., advised the township's planning commission of his firm's intention to build the planned residential development in three phases, with homes ranging in price from $330,000 to $400,000, and ranging in size from 2,300 square feet to 2,800 square feet. Limpert said WDL has an agreement to purchase the 55-acre site owned by B. Dale and Kristen Nellis.

The housing plan would have sidewalks along its streets, a walking trail through a wooded area and tennis courts, Limpert said.

Limpert and his engineer, Richard F. Territ of AWK Consulting Engineers of Turtle Creek, did not present a site plan on Tuesday, but sought input from the planning commission on the proposed project.

With the project being built in phases, Territ said there would be a mix of single-family homes, patio homes and townhouses in each of the phases. Territ said the developer has not yet determined how many of the 120 units would be single-family or patio homes.

While WDL intends to build the roads to township specifications, Limpert said that the roads would be privately maintained by a homeowners' association.

If the developer were to relinquish ownership of the roads to the township for maintenance purposes, WDL would have difficulty meeting setback requirements for publicly owned streets in Unity, said Gary Falatovich, planning commission solicitor. The township could require that if the roads are not being properly maintained, the township would take over the roads and assess all of the property owners for maintenance costs, Falatovich said.

Daniel Schmitt, township engineer, said he was concerned that the proposed housing plan would have only one entrance. Schmitt suggested that the entrance be widened to facilitate easier access in case of an emergency.

In other business, the planning commission recommended approval of a plan by Toyota of Greensburg on Route 30 to build a 5,500-square-foot building to do minor vehicle repairs and clean and service new and used cars.

The building would be constructed on the auto dealership property, according to plans presented by TM Real Estate/Greensburg LLC.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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