Bridgeville’s attempt to halt the Bedner’s Farm residential development’s Main Street entrance has hit a roadblock
The borough is temporarily backing off its plans to block the residential development in Upper St. Clair from connecting to Main Street after some have questioned its legality.
The borough council was expected to vote Monday night on a plan that would essentially close a small section of grass that would become one of three entrances to the new development.
But lawyers from the developer and Upper St. Clair’s attorney attended the meeting after notifying the borough they had multiple legal questions. They didn’t have to say anything at the meeting, however, because Bridgeville officials pulled the decision from the agenda before the vote after discussing it for 15 minutes in a private executive session.
“It’s not a simple solution,” Bridgeville attorney Richard Ferris said at the end of the meeting. “We want to be prudent with whatever we do as we move forward.”
The borough council voted on April 9 to move forward with a petition by Neil Lyons, a neighbor who lives next to the small patch of grass near a farm gate, to remove that area from the street map. Bridgeville officials insist that option is still on the table, but borough Manager Lori Collins said they first want to “make sure it’s done right” to protect the residents.
“We want to make sure we know what we can and cannot do,” Lori Collins said. “This is a situation we don’t have to deal with as often as some larger municipalities.”
She added that the borough is moving forward with its traffic study in the area and is now reviewing questionnaires from residents who would be impacted by the proposed Main Street entrance.
"Prior to the Monday evening meeting, Upper St. Clair advised Bridgeville Borough that it will take appropriate steps to protect its interests in this matter," stated Matthew Serakowski, Upper St. Clair Township manager, in an email to Patch.
Upper St. Clair commissioners in April approved a plan by Heartland Homes and J.T. Thomas Homes to build houses on 136 lots in the 120-acre area.