The South Fayette zoning hearing board voted 3-0 Wednesday to deny an application for coal mining on the former Mayview State Hospital site.
Property owner Aloe Brothers LLC had requested special permission for a three-year strip mining project to remove millions of tons of coal from about 37 acres of the land prior to building a business park.
"Taking the coal from that area is going to help offset the cost to build," project manager Dennis Regan said.
About 50 people attended the meeting, including South Fayette, Upper St. Clair and Bridgeville residents concerned about truck traffic, the use of explosives and adverse affects on nearby parkland, including Boyce-Mayview Park in Upper St. Clair, Fairview Park in South Fayette and Wingfield Pines, a land trust that spans both townships.
Preston W. Shimer, president of the volunteer group USC Citizens for Land Stewardship, urged the denial.
"Thousands of people use those parks on a regular basis," he said.
The developer has the option of appealing the decision within 30 days to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
Andrea Iglar, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org. First Published February 28, 2013 12:15 AM