High-rise, garden apartments may get OK in North Fayette

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North Fayette officials are preparing for the potential development of apartments and senior housing.

Development director Laura Ludwig said Tuesday night that she plans to propose a zoning amendment that would allow high-rise and garden-style apartments in business districts.

A developer interested in constructing apartments for senior citizens has been evaluating a property on Old Steubenville Pike in Imperial and a 10-acre ballfield site in the Hankey Farms area, she said.

Meanwhile, two other developers have been considering purchase of a vacant, 17-acre site on Summit Park Drive in The Pointe at North Fayette for a multifamily apartment complex, she said.

No plans have been submitted to the township.

"It's just important to be proactive rather than reactive," Ms. Ludwig said.

Ms. Ludwig also planned to add a definition for a "retail food restaurant" due to some interest from potential takeout businesses.

A public hearing will be held before approval of any zoning ordinance revisions.

For years, North Fayette has experienced an unsatisfied demand for apartments, especially those geared toward senior citizens.

"People are asking all the time [about them]," supervisors Chairman James Morosetti said.

Ms. Ludwig said residents expressed the need for senior housing during a Nov. 5 meeting on the township's comprehensive plan update.

Although not specifically geared toward retired renters, a new apartment complex called Bright Oaks on North Branch Road is nearly ready for occupancy after more than five years of planning and building.

Bright Oaks will begin leasing apartments in a 40-unit building in December or January, Ms. Ludwig said.

Plans by developer Dan Mancosh of A.R. Building Co. show the 67-acre site eventually will contain five, four-story buildings with a total of 200 apartments.

Among other residential developments, A.R. Building owns and operates Hawthorne Estates in North Fayette and The Village at Clinton Lake in Findlay.

In other business, North Fayette supervisors said they plan to replace retiring police Chief Jeffrey Falconer by promoting from within the department.

They have posted the job internally and do not plan to advertise externally.

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Andrea Iglar, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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