Ligonier wants hearing on Y expansion
The Ligonier Planning Commission decided on Monday to submit a recommendation for a public hearing for Ligonier Valley YMCA's proposed rezoning and conditional use applications.
YMCA executive director Ben Wright presented a slideshow detailing the plans for the YMCA's expansion, which includes a larger drop-off area with a new main entrance, expanded fitness area, therapy rooms, squash court and parking lot. The YMCA's facilities will be used by Excela Health, which has partnered with the YMCA to share therapy resources.
In order for the expansion to occur, the residential properties where the YMCA plans to build its facilities must be changed to commercial. Additionally, the borough's zoning ordinance maintains that parking lots are prohibited in residential and commercial districts. The YMCA wants to have the borough amend the ordinance and change the state of the property to commercial.
Several residents expressed concern about the negative impact the parking lot would have on the residential area, the values of their homes and the traffic near Elm Alley, Wellington Alley, North Market Street, West Church Street and West Wellington Alley.
The parking lot will be primarily used by Excela Health patients. YMCA members and staff may use the lot after Excela Health's hours of operation.
Planning Commission member Jim McDonnell, as well as resident Karen McCullough, expressed concern for residents who use Elm Alley to back out of their garages.
“You can build your expansion,” McCullough said. “But don't build the parking lot on these two little alleys. I love the idea of the expansion. It's just the parking lot, traffic and safety (that concern me).”
Gay Wasserman, who lives on Fairfield Street, voiced her worries about the project, mentioning that the expansion could potentially lead to more parking lots in Ligonier.
“This is such a huge footprint in such a little town,” Wasserman said.
Others showed support for the project, such as Lynne Stano, of Cook Township, who said she feels the project would initiate “progress” in town.
“I have two young boys and they might stay at this new, nice Y instead of going to Latrobe,” she said.
Mike Vernon, resident of Ligonier and owner of Westmoreland Financial Services on Main Street, views the project as a valuable investment for members of the community.
“You have to look at the 4,000 people in Ligonier Township and Borough who utilize the Y,” he said. “The Y supports families in this area.”
The YMCA is still waiting for a traffic study's results to determine how the parking lot will impact traffic in the area.
The planning commission will submit its minutes and the proposals to the borough council. A public hearing will be scheduled.
Nicole Chynoweth is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Fall fly-by: Blue Angels stop in Unity to discuss 2015 show
- Grease in Youngwood sewer system prompts another look at rule
- Westmoreland County, state AG to get funds from illegal lottery
- Woman sought in robbery in Unity
- Man charged in New Stanton Sunoco robbery
- Jeannette man pleads guilty to attempting to entice child in Louisiana
- 7 arrested in Latrobe-area drug dealing
- Westmoreland jail guard accused of selling illegal steroids
- No hike in tentative Scottdale budget
- West Newton will consider temporary road after train accident cut off neighborhood
- Mt. Pleasant Armory to deliver Thanksgiving dinner