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Developer plans to build duplex homes

| Friday, April 5, 2002

Jefferson Hills resident Donald Housley is planning to build 82 homes in duplex buildings in his community.

Housley, president of Triangle Engineering & Planning Services Inc. in Baldwin Township, is proposing 41 duplex buildings on 34 acres along Mill Road near Cochrans Mill Road.

The complex would be known as Mill School, and the homes there would cost $165,000 to $190,000 and be built on two tiers. Maronda Homes is expected to build the units, Housley said Wednesday at a public hearing before Jefferson Hills Council.

Each structure would sit on at least 9,000 square feet of land, the borough's minimum requirement.

And each home would have between 2,200 and 2,400 square feet of living space. A homeowners' association would set quality of life guidelines, and handle some maintenance, he said.

This is Housley's first land development project.

Jefferson Hills Mayor Mary Larcinese says she likes the proposal because 64 similar "quad" homes — with four units to one building — have been successful sellers in the community.

Housley said the land's topography isn't conducive for single-family homes, and other developers had been trying to market the property for three years.

In addition to the topography, Housley said undermining, adjacent railroad tracks and a nearby trailer park may be other reasons why the land hasn't been developed in the past.

Tracks owned by the Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railroad Co. are between the site and Cochrans Mill Road and Housley said one train travels between Ohio and Connellsville, Fayette County, and back each day.

Two new streets would anchor the development, and while Housley is continuing to work with the borough's planning commission to fine-tune the plan council could vote for tentative approval at its meeting on Monday.

Housley said groundbreaking could take place in June or July, and the homes could be ready for occupancy by the end of the year.

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