Friday, April 12, 2013
Moira Cain-Mannix wants the zoning board to overturn the commissioners' 2011 decision.
An Upper St. Clair resident is again challenging the validity of the commissioners' October 2011 approval to allow mixed-use development at the site of the Consol Energy headquarters. A public hearing is scheduled at the Upper St. Clair Zoning Board meeting at 8 p.m. on April 24. The hearing will be held at the Community and Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park, which can hold more audience members than the Upper St. Clair municipal building. Moira Cain-Mannix argues that the township's decision is "spot zoning," a zoning change that benefits a single property or owner, a process the courts often consider illegal, according to the Tribune-Review. The former Consol property at the corner of Route 19 and Fort Couch Road had a special …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Siena at St. Clair development will be introduced to the Upper St. Clair Planning Commission Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.
Plans for a Whole Foods Market, townhomes, shopping and officer center on the corner of Fort Couch and Washington roads will be presented to the Upper St. Clair Planning Commission Thursday night. Several tenants are working with the developers, including a drive-through Starbucks and a Burgatory, according to the Tribune Review. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building. Click here for more artist renderings of the development.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Whole Foods, townhomes and more are part of a master plan for the corner of Route 19 and Fort Couch Road.
A master plan for 1800 Washington Rd., the former Consol Energy headquarters site on the corner of Route 19 and Fort Couch Road, has been submitted to Upper St. Clair Township officials for final approval. A Whole Foods Market is planned along Route 19. More than half of the parking would be underground along with all the deliveries and trash processing to minimize noise, according to developer Gerard Cipriani. Townhomes are tucked in the back of the development, closest to Fort Couch Road, according to the submitted drawings. The townhomes would target empty nesters. The third planned structure is a shopping center that would have three types of tenants—retail, restaurant and office—in a two-level structure, which is about the same height…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Preparation for development can move on despite an outstanding appeal.
Demolition of the former Consol Energy headquarters building at the corner of Fort Couch and Washington roads in Upper St. Clair is under way. The demolition work began inside the vacant building about a week ago after the landowners secured a demolition permit with the township, according to township Manager Matthew Serakowski. Township officials will soon have a meeting with the landowners, Gerard Cipriani of Upper St. Clair and Hal Kestler of Mt. Lebanon, to learn more about their timetable. Two nearby residents filed appeals after the township commissioners approved the rezoning of the land in October 2011. One of the appeals was withdrawn and a decision still has yet to be made on the other appeal on notification, according to …
Saturday, October 15, 2011
The commissioners voted in favor of allowing a mixed-use development to be built on the corner of Washington and Fort Couch Roads. Are you happy with their decision?
In a 4-2-1 vote, the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners made the decision to allow a mix of retail and residential development on the corner of Washington and Fort Couch Roads. Some of commissioners expressed their support for the text amendment because it requires the developer to submit a master plan that must get approved by the planning commissioner and board of commissioners—giving the township some control of the development. About 100 residents who were mainly against the rezoning attended the Oct. 3 hearing. Their main concerns were traffic, increased crime and the possibility of big box stores being built. Now that it's been nearly two weeks, we want to know how you are feeling about the decision. Take our poll below. You can …