Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Upper St. Clair officials are expected to vote next week on final approval for the first phase of the Bedner Estates residential development plan.
Upper St. Clair officials are expected to vote next week on final approval for the first phase of the Bedner Estates residential development plan. The first phase of the project includes 25 lots on Diamond and Sapphire courts and connects to Cook School Road. These homes will be constructed by Heartland Homes. The first phase also includes 21 lots for Thomas Homes, which includes an extension of Scarlett Drive. The Upper St. Clair commissioners will consider the first phase during their April 1 regular board meeting. Final plans for the first phase of Bedner Estates were submitted to Upper St. Clair Township in January. The plans were reviewed by the planning commission and are being recommended for approval.
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
Friday, January 4, 2013
Heartland Homes is managed by an Upper St. Clair High School graduate.
Heartland Homes is now part of NVR, Inc. NVR completed the acquistition on the second largest homebuilder in Pittsburgh on Dec. 31. NVR will continue to market under the Heartland Homes name, which is a compliment to NVR's Ryan Homes business. "Heartland's operating strategy, which includes pre-selling homes and purchasing finished lots from land developers, is consistent with NVR's "asset light" business model. In addition, NVR intends to expand the size of Heartland's business within the Pittsburgh market as the housing recovery continues over the next several years," according to the NVR press release. Heartland Homes was founded in 1984 by Alan "Gus" Gillespie of Upper St. Clair. Gus is the son-in-law of the late Ed Ryan, founder of…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Bridgeville officials emphatically denied claims by the Bedner Farm developer that the new neighborhood development is 'going to connect' to Main Street.
Bridgeville’s solicitor emphatically denied claims by the Bedner Farm developer that the new neighborhood development is “going to connect” to Main Street. Richard Ferris, who represents the borough on legal matters, read aloud to the Bridgeville Council a letter he sent to the Upper St. Clair Planning Commission on Oct. 25. In the letter, he denies claims that he wrote to that township saying Bridgeville would not contest the Main Street entrance to Bedner’s. Heartland Homes President Marty Gillespie told the Upper St. Clair Planning Commission on Oct. 18 that Ferris wrote the township a letter saying they wouldn’t be contesting the connection. Our sister website at Upper St. Clair Patch previously reported on 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.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Heartland Homes plans to develop an old North Hills golf course but must consider its status as the burial site for Ross Township's first resident.
When Heartland Homes develops the former Highland Country Club, it may have to consider the fate of the land’s permanent resident. His name is Casper Reel, and he died in 1824. He and members of his family are believed to be buried near the 18th hole of the old golf course. “Reel, a prominent early European settler of northern Allegheny County, was born in Frankfurt, Germany and immigrated to the colonies as a young child,” according to the Papers of Casper Reel which are part of the collection of the University of Pittsburgh Historical website, and the Historical Society of western Pennsylvania. Reel was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1742. By 1774, he had settled at Fort Pitt, on Fifth Street near Wood, where he conducted business as a…
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…