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Adelphoi gets initial approval for 2 projects in Unity, Latrobe

Joe Napsha
| Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 11:45 p.m.

Adelphoi USA, which serves youth and families facing social and behavioral problems, received preliminary approval on Tuesday for plans to expand its Adelphoi Village campus by constructing a school in Latrobe and a group home in Unity.

Planning commissions for both municipalities recommended preliminary approval of the site plan, pending Adelphoi obtaining approvals from the Westmoreland County Conservation District for a sediment- and erosion-control plan and other government permits. Adelphoi also needs approval from the Unity Township Municipal Authority, which provides sewage service.

The nonprofit Adelphoi is proposing an expansion that would cost between $2 million and $3 million to construct a 19,170-square-foot school for alternative education, and a 7,550-square-foot secure-living home, said William L. Gregory, vice president of facility management.

Pending the necessary approvals from state and local governments, Adelphoi wants to begin construction on the project this fall, with the intention of completing it for the 2013-14 school year, Gregory said.

The educational building would connect to the Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter School and require Adelphoi to receive permission from Latrobe to vacate an alley that would separate the two buildings, said Daniel Hewitt, solicitor for Adelphoi USA. The educational building would replace modular trailers, which have been used on the campus for about eight years, Hewitt said.

The new secure group home, which would become Adelphoi's third group home on the campus, is planned behind the existing recreation center, Hewitt said. The home is being constructed for a maximum of 15 residents.

Adelphoi is proposing to improve access to its campus by creating a new secondary entrance off Lloyd Avenue, near the Flex Appeal Fitness Center in Latrobe. An alley that borders Unity and Latrobe serves as a secondary entrance to the campus, Hewitt said. The main entrance will remain off Lloyd Avenue Extension in Unity.

The agency will need a permit from PennDOT to create the new entrance, Hewitt said.

Latrobe Council is expected to consider approving the site plans when it meets on Monday. Adelphoi must return to the Unity planning commission in July to get a final recommendation for approval before it is considered by Unity supervisors.

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