North Fayette near deal for land

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North Fayette is set to buy land to build a $4 million community center that could open in 2015.

The township expects to finalize the purchase soon of about 9 acres next to Donaldson Community Park, Manager Bob Grimm said Tuesday.

Parks and recreation director Robert Brozovich said the township needs the facility to centralize recreation programs and to better serve the growing community.

He said amenities could include a gym, an indoor playground and walking track, a dining room, meeting spaces and a game room, plus outdoor basketball and tennis courts, moved from the North Branch Road municipal campus.

"By having a bigger gym and more space, it will allow us to do more programming," Mr. Brozovich said.

"It's a pretty exciting time for us knowing that's on the horizon."

Plans do not include a swimming pool, Mr. Grimm said.

Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc., the township's firm, has developed a conceptual drawing of the Donaldson Road site showing initial construction of about 27,200 square feet of space and eventual construction of an additional 10,500 square feet.

The township plans to seek proposals from architects next month and start the design process this spring, Mr. Grimm said.

Construction could begin as early as spring 2014 and take at least a year to complete, he said.

The land must be subdivided from a parcel owned by the Kelley family, Mr. Grimm said.

He was unable to disclose the purchase price until the sale is completed.

The land is adjacent to the 34-acre Donaldson Community Park, near West Allegheny's Donaldson Elementary School.

Going uphill on the park driveway, the site is on the right, across from school baseball fields.

Until the new center opens, activities will continue in the current community center and gym at 8042 Old Steubenville Pike, Mr. Grimm said. That 13,000-square-foot building includes a gym, a meeting room, space leased to District Judge Anthony Saveikis and space formerly occupied by the Western Allegheny Community Library.

"Our programming has expanded beyond the abilities of the current building to sustain it," Mr. Grimm said.

In April, supervisors approved a $5 million bond issue and earmarked up to $4 million to build the community center.

The other $1 million was tagged for municipal building renovations.

Also, officials are in the process of designing a new facility for public works, and possibly fire and EMS, on the municipal campus, using proceeds from a separate 2009 bond issue.

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


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