Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The developer will be looking for tentative approval from the Upper St. Clair Planning Commission.
The Upper St. Clair Planning Commissioners will hear plans for an apartment complex on Boyce Plaza Road on Thursday. Director of Community Development Scott Brilhart has said that the plan has nine three-story buildings. Developer John Deklewa told the planning commission in August that he'd like to build between 216 and 228 apartment units. He said they will be one- and two-bedroom units and probably rent for $1,000 to $1,500 per month. Boyce Plaza Road intersects with Boyce Road near its bridge over Chartiers Creek. The Tribune Review reports Deklewa purchased the vacant land from Fifth Third Bank for $1.2 million. The other items are on the agenda for Thursday's planning commission meeting include final plans for the Bedner Estates …
Friday, January 11, 2013
The move comes just days after NVR acquired Heartland Homes.
Plans for Bedner Estates have been submitted to Upper St. Clair Township for final approval. The plans will soon be reviewed at a planning commission meeting. They will also be reviewed and voted on by the Upper St. Clair commissioners. The move comes just days after NVR acquired the main developer of the neighborhood—Heartland Homes. The acquisition did not affect the plans for Bedner Estates, according to Director of Community Development Scott Brilhart. Upper St. Clair High School graduate Marty Gillespie continues to manage the Heartland Homes business after the buyout. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The controversial new Bedner neighborhood in Upper St. Clair is “going to connect” to Main Street in Bridgeville. Or will it?
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- Mike Jones
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The controversial new Bedner neighborhood in Upper St. Clair is “going to connect” to Main Street in Bridgeville, the developers asserted last week. “It is going to connect,” Heartland Home President Marty Gillespie said at an Upper St. Clair planning meeting on Oct. 18. That surely is news to Bridgeville residents, who thought the Main Street entrance was nixed when their town found information that the road is closed unless the two homeowners on both sides agree to reopen it. In fact, Gillespie told the USC planning commission that Bridgeville’s lawyer, Richard Ferris, wrote the township a letter saying they wouldn’t be contesting the connection. Our sister website at Upper St. Clair Patch reported on Monday that Gillespie insinuated …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The Upper St. Clair Planning Commission voted to recommend the subdivision of the Bedner Farm into two large lots.
The Upper St. Clair Planning Commission voted in favor Thursday night of subdividing the former Bedner's Farm land into two lots. If approved by the commissioners, one of the lots will be used to build Heartland Homes and the other for J.T. Thomas homes. Marty Gillespie, president of Heartland Homes, told the planning commissioners that his team would be coming back to try to get final approval for phase one of the Bedner Estates neighborhood "hopefully in the next few months." According to Gillespie, the plan will include a connection with Main Street in Bridgeville. He said the Bridgeville solicitor sent a letter stating the borough would not be contesting the connection.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Some Bridgeville residents are worried that legal maneuvers by Upper St. Clair are intimidating their town’s officials who are trying to block an entrance to Main Street.
Some Bridgeville residents are worried that legal maneuvers by Upper St. Clair are intimidating their town’s officials who are trying to block the Bedner’s Farm development’s proposed Main Street entrance. Main Street resident Cee Cee McNulty told the borough council Monday night she thinks Upper St. Clair is bullying Bridgeville after it began working to close a small section of the road that leads to the Bedner’s Farm. Ever since the council voted in April to initiate removing the end of the street from the borough’s road map, lawyers from the neighboring township have warned Bridgeville against making that move and attended the last two council meetings. “I’m very concerned about what is happening to my neighborhood,” McNulty said. “I …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Lawyers from Upper St. Clair and the developer have multiple legal questions about Bridgeville closing a section of Main Street to the Bedner's Farm residential plan.
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 …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The borough hopes closing Main Street will block the Bedner neighborhood’s plans for an entrance.
When is a street not a street? Bridgeville is trying to remove an 11-by-25 grass and dirt section of Main Street from the borough’s street plans in order to block the Bedner’s developer from building an entrance in that area. The borough council voted unanimously after a 40-minute public hearing on the issue to grant a neighbor’s petition to close the small patch of grass near a farm gate to traffic. It’s too early to tell if the decision will scuttle plans by the Bedner’s developers to build an entrance there, or if it merely will be a nuisance for the residential plan. “I know this isn’t the solution to the problem,” said Neil Lyons, the neighbor who petitioned the borough. “But it’s something that I have the ability to do to prevent …
Monday, April 9, 2012
Do you think the Upper St. Clair commissioners should have approved the Bedner's Farm development plan?
The Upper St. Clair commissioners voted 5-1 to approve the Bedner's Farm development plan one week ago. Heartland Homes and J.T. Thomas Homes will soon begin building the Bedner Estates neighborhood consisting of 136 houses in the $350,000 to $1.5 million price range, with entrances from Cook School Road, Scarlett Drive and Main Street. The neighborhood will be developed in three phases and will take an estimated eight years to complete. The Main Street entrance is expected to be constructed during the second phase. Residents near Bedner's Farm in Upper St. Clair and Bridgeville have been opposed to the development from the start. Others in Upper St. Clair have said they are for the development because it may keep the taxes from going up …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The vote Monday night was 5-1.
Upper St. Clair 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 Rex Glass & Mirror Company, abstained from voting. About 100 Upper St. Clair…
Monday, April 2, 2012
'If (Robert Bedner) knew what was going on, he'd be rolling over in his grave,' said David Rostron, Robert Bedner's nephew.
David Rostron, 56, has spent his life taking care of Bedner's Farm in Upper St. Clair. He helped out the owner of the land, his uncle Robert Bedner, who died nearly four years ago. Tonight, David may see the first step in the end of Bedner's Farm. Upper St. Clair commissioners are expected to vote Monday night on whether to approve the building of a new 136-lot neighborhood on the farmland. If approved, Heartland Homes and J.T. Thomas will own the land—no longer the Bedner family. "I've lost a lot of sleep. I grew up there. Been there all my life," David said. Robert Bedner's wife, Anna Rose, owns the majority of the land, according to David, and is working to sell the property to Heartland Homes. Anna Rose told Upper St. Clair Patch she's…