Forty-eight fewer homes are now planned for the former Mayview State Hospital property in South Fayette.
The developer of the site, Charter Homes & Neghborhoods of Lancaster, had proposed 620 homes in a development called Hastings. That number is now 572.
South Fayette commissioners voted 2-1 Aug. 10 to approve the Hastings preliminary master plan. Commissioners Gwen Rodi and Raymond Pitetti voted yes; Jessica Cardillo voted no; and Joe Horowitz and Lisa Malosh were not present.
Township manager Ryan Eggleston said later that Charter Homes took into consideration the impact the housing development would have on the school district in decreasing the number of residences.
“Looking at the map, there is a good chance that they could have had more residences then they originally projected,” Mr. Eggleston said.
Approvals for the first phase of the development could occur as early as September.
The township is also working with Charter Homes to acquire property west of Mayview Road. “We’d like to purchase that land for more recreational fields,” Mr. Eggleston said.
The commissioners moved forward in creating more recreational fields elsewhere in the township. They voted unanimously to award contracts totaling $1.7 million to convert the former Boys Home Park property into recreational fields.
Plans for the land call for three large multi-purpose fields that can be used for soccer, lacrosse and football. R&B Contacting and Excavation Inc. and Allegheny Fence Construction Co. Inc. will do the work.
Township officials originally sought bids for the entire job to be completed by one company, but they said they saved about $350,000 by splitting the work. The savings were realized even after asphalt walkways and a gravel overflow parking lot were added.
The township hopes the fields will be ready for use in fall 2017, Mr. Eggleston said.
Board members also unanimously approved refinancing a bond taken out in 2009 to buy the Star City Cinema site on Route 50. The refinancing will save $2.2 million, eliminating almost five years of payments, officials said.
In the Newbury Market development, a First Watch Daytime Cafe opened in July in The Gateway Shops. Scheduled to open in the fall are AT&T, Five Guys and Noodles & Co.
Amy Philips-Haller, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.