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Pine officials approve Allegheny Health Network conditional use requests

| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Allegheny Health Network will be able to move forward with its plans to build a new hospital in Pine after the board of supervisors unanimously approved a pair of conditional use requests at its March 5 meeting.

The public hearing on establishing a parking lot and requesting to build the primary structure to a height of 75 feet and the helicopter pad to 81 feet, above the 45 feet allowed by code, was Feb. 5. Developers said once those requests were approved, they'd move forward on design details for the 160-bed hospital.

Township solicitor Gary Gushard said that one condition of approval was that the fire department be updated as development plans occur in order to ensure they'll have adequate access for all their equipment in case of emergency. There was also some concern expressed over the impact of sporadic helicopter arrivals and departures to transport patients. Although the FAA and Environmental Protection Agency do supersede the township in that regard, he said, the developers did say they'd take into account flight patterns and flyover impact.

Gushard said he expects this will be followed by a land development application later this spring.

Jeff Carlson, head of the Health + Wellness Pavilion, said officials hope to break ground this summer and complete the project by the end of 2021.

• The public hearing regarding the Wexford Station planned residential development will be held at the March 19 meeting. Gushard suggested that residents who plan to speak at the meeting submit their material in writing in advance so that the board can have time to review it prior to the meeting. The developers will make a presentation and Gushard requested comments from the public remain brief and non-repetitive. They will hear from Pine residents first and then take comments from interested parties from outside the township.

Karen Price is a Tribune-Review contributor.

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