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Cranberry officials review plans for 55-and-over community

| Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, 8:33 p.m.

Cranberry officials are reviewing documents for a planned residential development of 103 single-family homes catering to people 55 and over, located along Rochester Road.

Representatives from Traditions of America — a Radnor, Pa.-based residential development company — are scheduled to present additional information during an upcoming planning advisory commission meeting.

The entire approval process could take six to eight months, according to Ron Henshaw, the township's planning and development services director.

“They have been trying to come here to Cranberry for a number of years, so apparently they found a property owner who is willing to sell to them,” said Jerry Andree, township manager. “So, I think you will see Traditions of America move through the process relatively quickly now.”

Andree said housing within the “age-restricted community” would appeal to those seeking single-level homes. The submitted documents contain plans for five home models with multiple variations, Henshaw said.

“It's got a nice trail system, sidewalk, single point of access right on Rochester Road, … a couple of parklets and sitting area,” he said, regarding the proposed community.

Like the company's seven existing Pennsylvania communities, Henshaw said the Cranberry development would feature a clubhouse with a fitness center and pool.

“Since we opened our first community in Pittsburgh in 2007, we have been inundated with Cranberry residents who wanted to move into a Traditions of America community,” said David Biddison, a Traditions of America partner.

“They love the concept, the amenities, the homes and the lifestyle, but they didn't want to leave Cranberry Township. We are looking forward to being able to serve these residents and build a first class Traditions of America community in Cranberry.

Traditions of America has developed two Western Pennsylvania communities, Sewickley Ridge and Summer Seat, both located in Ohio Township, with prices starting in the upper $200,000s. The retirement community developer also has proposed a housing community in Richland.

Erica Cebzanov is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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