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Architect, Engineer Present Plans for Mixed-Use Development in Upper St. Clair

The new Target has delayed a vote on the plan.

The architect and an engineer working on the proposed mixed-use development on the corner of Fort Couch and Washington roads presented a detailed plan to the Upper St. Clair Planning Commission Thursday night.

The Siena at St. Clair proposal, located where the Consol Energy headquarters used to be, is comprised of 42 percent non-residential space, 32 percent residential space and 26 percent open space.

The non-residential space includes a proposed Whole Foods Market along Washington Road. More than half of the parking spots would be underneath the grocery store.

No other tenants were revealed during Thursday's presentation, however, developers showed plans for a drive-through coffee shop.

"It's very early on," said engineer Dale Earl. 

Earl said tenants are normally reluctant to make commitments before the plan gets government approval.

The Tribune Review reported Wednesday night that Starbucks and Burgatory were working with the developers.

The residential area includes 33 units—patio homes with mainly first-floor living space and a row of townhomes.

There are two entrances included on the master plan, one on Washington Road and the other—a right-in and right-out entry—on Fort Couch Road.

The developers requested the planning commission table any action on their plan Thursday night, partly because PennDOT is requiring a new traffic study to be performed after the new Target is open for a certain number of days. 

Architect Justin Cipriani described the development as a "pedestrian-friendly community." He said the architecture would have a Mediterranean feel, with the use of a lot of stone, aged brick, stucco, warm wood and antique-like lighting.  

Earl said they hope to achieve an LEED Silver certification. 

Momof2 February 22, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Once again, I ask for no access to the retail/commercial portion of the property from Ft Couch Rd. The amount of traffic will be crippling to this 2 lane residential Rd that is already congested and extremely close to two of our prized schools. A right lane in/out still does not change the fact that there will be more traffic on Ft Couch Rd. Please consider changing the Ft Couch entrance into the development to only access the residential units. Keep the commercial entrance on Washington Rd only. Connect the residential and commercial areas with park-like walks and truly make this the 'high-end park-like' development you've been talking about.
Sam Bertenthal February 22, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Great suggestions Momof2! The other pedestrian friendly action that should be required of the developers is to build a sidewalk connectioning Fort Couch Rd. with the one on Route 19 that hooks up to Gilfillan. I often run that way in the mornings and can no longer cut through the Consol property now that construction has started. I also had to call the township when the current owners failed to clear snow and ice from the sidewalks this winter, making the walkway very slippery. A funny thing happens when you provide people with pedestrian friendly walkways and greenways- they use them. I would like to be able to get around the township without using a car and without risking my life.
Stephanie Alford February 22, 2013 at 04:31 PM
I am also concerned about the traffic turning right onto Ft Couch and then making an immediate left onto Phillips in order to avoid the light at the corner of Ft Couch and Rt 19. Since Trader Joe's opened on Highland, there is already a noticeable increase in traffic (and speed) on Phillips that creates a hazard for residents and especially for children in the neighborhood. I worry that forcing cars to turn right out of this new development will only increase this issue. Has any consideration been given to any measures that would reduce the flow of traffic onto Phillips? A no-left-turn restriction onto Phillips would fix the majority of the problem. And if that's not possible, a four-way stop at the corner of Phillips and Howard would at least slow speeds and end the sling-shot effect as cars round the bottom of the road and accelerate rapidly up the hill. I'd really like to see the further effects of this new Consol development considered and addressed.
BobE February 22, 2013 at 08:36 PM
In agreement with momof2 and Sam
Trevor February 23, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I'm sure the RIGHT TURN ONLY will work! Just like the NO left turn on Oxford going into The Eagle! People in USC think they are privileged drivers and the laws don't pertain to them! What you need is to separate the driveway so that it ONLY goes right and the entrance is also separated that can ONLY handle traffic from the right lane. In other words "Idiot Proof"!
B February 23, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Trevor, you act as if nobody from bethel park or lebo are making that illegal left. As far as only one exit. I don't believe they can only have 1 exit road from the property. As for the Phillips traffic. Talk to the township. A developer can't possibly come up with a solution to appease everyone and I think that's out of their scope. You can't ask to fix a cut through because a developer builds nearby. That road has been a cut through for years. I do agree about trader joes as I take it to get there, it can save 10 minutes each way. I do recognize the speed limit though.
Stephanie Alford February 23, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Agreed, it is the township that needs to consider the traffic issue on Phillips, not the developer. But while the discussion is on traffic patterns caused by the development, it's a point worth raising. And while it is true that Phillips has always been a cut-through, the addition of two new, traffic-creating supermarkets at either end of the street changes the nature of the cut-through enough to warrant a new look into finding a solution to the increased traffic.

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