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Bedner's Farm Neighborhood Plan Approved by USC Commissioners

The vote Monday night was 5-1.

commissioners voted 5-1 Monday night to approve the Bedner's Farm neighborhood plan.

Commissioner Nick Seitanakis, who represents Ward 1, voted in favor of the plan via telephone, along with Commissioners Bob Orchowski, Russell Del Re, Glenn Dandoy and Daniel Paoly.

"As I see it, we have this (proposed plan) or we have potential for something a lot worse because he (the developer) has the right to develop it (the land)," Paoly said.

Commissioner Mark Christie was the sole no vote. He said he didn't like the lot variances the developer was asking for and didn't want to make traffic worse in the area.

Commissioner Donald Rectenwald, Jr., president of , abstained from voting.

About 100 Upper St. Clair and residents attended the on the matter.

Traffic remained the citizens' number one concern. They said they wanted to see a connection to Bower Hill Road or a major arterial route instead of the residential road Main Street in Bridgeville.

Other neighborhood entrances will be on Cook School Road and Scarlett Drive.

last month and sent a letter to Upper St. Clair Township.

Upper St. Clair Township Manager Matthew Serakowski said the township made more than five contacts with Bridgeville Borough officials to discuss the neighborhood plan.

"They made it very clear they were not interested in any improvements to their intersections," Serakowski said.

Bridgeville council members at the meeting Monday night said the borough doesn't have the money for road improvements.

Ruthann Omer, Upper St. Clair's engineer, told the crowd that a connection to Bower Hill Road would be possible, however, it would take major excavation and the construction of a bridge.

Mark Magliotti of Trans Associates, the township's traffic engineer, said the traffic delays at nearby intersections would not be greater than an additional 10 seconds.

He does see issues at the McLaughlin Run and Bower Hill Road intersection in Bridgeville. He said the intersection is already in need of a traffic light.

The developers of Bedner's Farm will be Heartland Homes and J.T. Thomas Homes. Their plan includes building 136 lots on the 120 acres of land. House prices will vary from $350,000 to $1.5 million.

Homes in the $350,000 to $450,000 range will be built on smaller-sized lots that are 60 feet in width.

Marty Gillespie, president of Heartland Homes, said that , have signed the sales agreement.

It's unclear when construction will begin. Construction vehicles will only be allowed to use the Cook School Road entrance.

the neighborhood would be built in three phases. The first phase would be completed in 2014-15, the second in 2017 and the final phase in 2020.

Do you think the Upper St. Clair commissioners should have voted in favor of the Bedner's Farm neighborhood plan? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments.

Sam Bertenthal April 03, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Another great historic farm bites the dust. Goodbye beautiful green space. Hello ugly development.
robert redinger jr April 03, 2012 at 03:12 PM
The meetings were a joke. The commissioners allowed public opinion to be heard only to create an appearance of concern. When it came to the vote all they saw were the dollar signs from the tax revenue. They apparently couldn't have cared less about the residents feelings on the issues related to this development. We need commissioners who truly represent the people and their related concerns and issues (with the exception of Mr. Christie)!
Bill Hulin April 04, 2012 at 11:19 AM
You should at least be honest and tell residents that it is all (and only) about the money. If someone bribed you with more money, you would vote to keep some green space in USC before it's all gone.
Mrs. McNulty April 04, 2012 at 01:18 PM
USC residents deserve to have decent roadway infrastructure, which should include at the very least one connector road directly to Bower Hill. Once this development is completed the option to have an acceptable connector road onto and off of the Cook School corridor will likely not be possible. The USC Commissioners voted to be horrible neighbors and add more traffic to the narrow residential streets of Bridgeville. One of them stated that since Bridgeville residents use Cook School Road to get to the mall, they feel it's only fair to use my neighborhood as an entrance and exit point. Really? We don't use Cook School Road as there are other ways to get to Bethel Park and there are other malls (with a better variety of stores) where we can shop. I personally am going to boycott every USC business I have previously used and will no longer shop at the Village. You can thank your greedy commissioners when it becomes both expensive and more difficult for you to speed through my neighborhood.
G April 09, 2012 at 10:16 PM
The owners of the farm are the ones who made the decision to sell it to developers. When a property is for sale, anyone has the right to bid on it and purchase it. Neither the USC Board nor the Bridgeville Council has the right to demand that a property remain as open space if the owner chooses to sell it to developers. I like looking at the farm and will be sad to see it turned into yet another sea of cul-de-sacs, but it isn't my property....Allegheny Land Trust or another open-space group could have purchased the land to keep it open (but often those groups simply can't afford to pay what developers can.) As for the roads - I don't travel back there often but when I did I noticed that Cook School was wide open and then it narrowed a lot once it entered Bridgeville, so I can understand the Bridgeville concerns. I'd think that others would also find those side streets narrow and would choose to go a different way just for ease and efficiency's sake. However, I do live in a different part of USC that borders Bridgeville and it is the Bridgeville residents that speed through my neighborhood on their way in and out of their street. Unfortunately, people tend to speed where they don't live. I'd like it if the Bridgeville residents, and any other drivers, would stop speeding through my neighborhood. Every one of us in USC and Bridgeville live on land that used to be farms or open space, and I'm sure people opposed our developments when they were proposed in the past.
PBK April 09, 2012 at 10:36 PM
It always amuses me that people offer the opinion that development should stop because they decide it should. The folks in the newer plans in USC complain that another plan is to be built. Did they care about the folks in the existing plans before their subdivision was created. The current owners can't develop the Consol site! Why..because we say so. Well, last I checked the Consol site was there before the subdivision and you chose to buy a home beside a commercial use property. No new power lines in my area...well...where the heck do you think your power comes from? That would be power lines in other communities. I hate to see another farm leave, but last I checked I don't own it, nor to Sam, Robert, Bill or Mrs McNulty. It is owned by the Bednars and they may sell it to whomever they please. As G noted above, others could have purchased the land, but they didn't. It is not always about the $$ for the Township (s) believe it or not, there are rules and laws that the commissioners must follow concerning land development and if those rules are followed they actually have very little say. As for speeders...I happen to live on McMurray Rd and I have a feeling I see more of them in my area.
Pam Adkins October 24, 2012 at 04:36 AM
If we shut down more farm land, and build new homes in this economy, where do we expect these new families to get their food? Plus now we're getting less food from this local farm on top of that. How many families does this farm feed per year in our region? We're going to end up a nation of houses and buildings, with little or no farm land to feed all of the people. I think it would be good to keep the farm land as is, and to update or rebuild old, existing homes. New homes are just a quick profit that only feeds the capitalism monster. What can be done to keep this farm going?

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