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Apartment Complex Proposed for Upper St. Clair.

The complex, along Chartiers Creek, would contain between 216 and 228 units.

A 200-plus-unit apartment complex is proposed for Upper St. Clair.

Developer John Deklewa brought the proposal to the township planning commission Thursday for a preapplication conference.

The complex would be built on 27.6 acres of property at the end of Boyce Plaza Road, along Chartiers Creek in the southwestern corner of the township. Previous plans to build patio homes on the site were scuttled because of lack of economic viability.

Between 216 and 228 apartments are targeted for construction. Deklewa said they will be one- and two-bedroom units, 900 to 1,200 square feet, and probably rent for $1,000 to $1,500 per month.

Boyce Plaza Road intersects with Boyce Road near its bridge over Chartiers Creek. Deklewa said the traffic impact would be relatively low, considering the transient nature of apartment renters.

He also told the planning commission that plenty of green space would be preserved at the site.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, the commission recommended final approval of the Willowbrook Estates Planned Residential Development. The PRD now goes to township commissioners for the green light.

Commissioners gave tentative approval by a 4-3 vote on Aug. 6.

mike schmidt August 20, 2012 at 02:19 PM
This group of commissioners is single handedly ruining the residential feel of our community. There ongoing desire to over develope will strain the ability of our township to maintain the student per class levels in our schools, which we all know has a dramatic effect on how school systems are rated. This potential developement and the consol development are unnecessary and will change the community in a bad way for a long long time.
Teddy Taxpayer August 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
There goes ours TAXES AGAIN! Cheap housing is not the reason I moved my family to USC.
Concerned Citizen August 20, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Yeah, horrible that they might let some of the "riff raff" in USC...the horror. Really, though...$1,500 apartments are "cheap housing"? What arrogance.
bothsidesofthefence August 20, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Apartment dwellers are not residents?
bothsidesofthefence August 20, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Any time a private housing venture occurs, the new RESIDENTS will pay income taxes and the owner pays the astronomical real estate tax to boot. (Mostly by passing it on in the from of higher rents!!) It's not like an average of 1250 a month is section 8 housing. Many people who live in the smaller, older homes in USC carry a mortgage of way less than that. Since we have spent millions and millions of dollars building brand new schools in the last 10 years, we should be well prepared to pick up any new influx of students. (sarc) Funny how no one complained about the tax money the Bedner Farm development will/would create.
ben August 21, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Not even close to being able to pick up a new influx of students correct. Maybe we should sell the gas rights on the school properties and let them drill away to raise monies.
Teddy Taxpayer August 21, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Uhm! 61 MIL School Budget, 4,100 students, if calculator is correct; just under $15K per student. How many international families can live in a two bedroom apartment? We had 12 members in 1 home on our street. Dont be stupid, PEOPLE!
John Galt August 21, 2012 at 03:15 PM
"This group of commissioners is single handedly ruining the residential feel of our community." Really, Mike? Do you have any clue where this land is? I encourage you to take a drive. This land is so far out of the way, it can hardly be seen from Boyce Road.
Concerned Citizen August 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Teddy, I'm having a hard time understanding your post, you sound very confused (or just can't communicate well).
bothsidesofthefence August 21, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Teddy, why do you assume that only international families would live there? Many, if not most, of our international families are high-up executives from multi-national companies that live/rent homes that make my house look like a shack. Feeling a little xenophobic today?
bothsidesofthefence August 21, 2012 at 08:28 PM
the number of kids in the 11th and 8th grades this year is shocking. I do not know about the elementary schools as my kids are past that. Don't say it too loud, but we may need to hire a few more TEACHERS if these 2 developments materialize!! If not, we are looking at 35-40 in those classes at those grades.
Concerned Citizen August 21, 2012 at 08:47 PM
So Teddy is not just arrogant and elitist, he's racist too...nice combination there.
Stephen Altherr August 23, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I really don't see the objection. The site is pretty isolated, it is not particularly green in its current state, the project would bring new tax revenue, and it would offer another kind of housing alternative for young professionals who don't want or need a yard. $1200/mo is currently what you would pay for a $190,000 house in USC.

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