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Housing plan would bring 450 new homes

| Thursday, March 13, 2003

A proposed residential development off Rock Run Road could bring 450 new homes into Elizabeth Township over the next 10 years.

Township engineer William McKeever, of Senate Engineering, said if everything is approved, Phase One of Brandywine development is expected to have 50 homes under construction later this year.

"Depending on the housing market, the project -- which includes five to seven phases -- could be developed over a seven- to 10-year period," McKeever said.

The Brandywine project, which includes about 160 acres, will extend Williamsburg Place off Rock Run Road.

The new homes will bring new traffic, and McKeever said there is concern about several principal intersections.

Part of the review process is a traffic study to evaluate the impact Brandywine will have on adjoining streets.

"The intersection that appears to be of most concern right now is the intersection at Route 48 and Rock Run Road," he explained. "It would appear at the very least a signal would be warranted at that location. Actually, the numbers in the recent report indicate a signal might be warranted there without the new development based on a recent planning projection for growth probably in the next few years."

Matt Dickun, spokesman for the developer, True Line Corp. of Pittsburgh, declined comment on the project, but acknowledged the company is in the process of trying to get the plan approved.

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