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Stream alters theater blueprint in Sewickley

| Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Plans have changed for a two-screen movie theater set to be built in Sewickley's business district because of an underground stream.

Originally planned to run parallel with the sidewalk along Walnut Street, the nonprofit Village Theater Co. design changed to accommodate Hoey's Run, which has plagued the development for months, board Vice President Susan Kaminski said.

“The lot's been pushed back so we're off Hoey's Run,” she said.

Sewickley officials and Village Theater Co. leaders agreed to adjust the shape of land the nonprofit group will lease to move the theater off of the underground stream, Kaminski and borough manager Kevin Flannery said.

The stream runs near the front of the property along Walnut Street. It begins near War Memorial Park and continues to the Ohio River, weaving through Sewickley.

Sewickley council members last week approved spending nearly $11,000 for emergency work to repair the culvert beneath the property.

Sewickley Council members bought the land last year for $910,000. Initial plans called for the theater to be built above a proposed parking garage.

Borough leaders in the last year called off plans to construct a parking garage because of concerns about how it would be financed.

Kaminski called the plan to rearrange land the nonprofit group leases as “good news.”

“It makes our life easier,” she said. “The theater is independent of (the Hoey's Run issue) now, and we can move forward. How many times have we said we're waiting for Hoey's Run?”

While not yet finalized, the inside design of the theater would change, possibly moving the location of a community room, she said.

“Our architects came up with a design we liked better,” Kaminski said.

Design plans were expected to be finalized this week by the group's board of directors before being submitted for consideration in front of the borough's planning commission.

Space between the sidewalk and theater would be owned by the borough and could become green space, Flannery said.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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