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 …
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 …
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, February 14, 2012
Some Bridgeville residents want a small park to block traffic from dumping out onto Main Street.
A few Bridgeville residents are pushing to build a small park to block the proposed entrance to Bedner’s residential plan from dumping traffic onto Main Street. They suggested calling it Main Street Park or—with tongue placed firmly in cheek—Barrier Park. Cee Cee McNulty, who lives on the road and is concerned about additional traffic, said three state representatives all suggested the community build a park on its right-of-way in order to force developers to build an entrance elsewhere. The developers previously said they prefer the Main Street entrance because other options are much more costly. “We need to do whatever we can to fight this,” McNulty said during Bridgeville Borough Council’s Monday night meeting. “I don’t think we should …
Monday, February 6, 2012
The hearing will likely begin Monday night and be continued until March 5 to take staff testimony.
All residents who wish to make comments about the proposed Bedner's Farm subdivision should attend the public hearing at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the board of commissioners' room at the Upper St. Clair municipal building. Scott Brilhart, director of community development, recommended the board plan on continuing the public hearing to March 5 for the purpose of taking staff testimony, which means commissioners will likely not take a vote on the plan until the March 5 hearing. The developers—Heartland Homes and JT Thomas Homes—have applied to build 136 single-family lots on the existing Bedner's farmland. They plan to call the neighborhood Bedner Estates. The Upper St. Clair Planning Commission recommended the board of commissioners approve …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Residents could organize a committee to offer alternative entrances to the new Bedner's development.
Nearly 50 people packed Bridgeville’s council meeting Tuesday night to express their concerns about traffic that could be coming from a proposed residential development in Upper St. Clair. The 136-lot neighborhood planned for the Bedner's Farm estate has an entrance on Main Street. The residents and borough council contend that the developer could build an alternative entrance to Bower Hill Road, although that would cost much more money. The developers have said in the past that they do not own the land along Bower Hill, therefore they cannot make an entrance there. “They’re going to have their cake and eat it, too,” resident Deb Colosimo said. “(Upper St. Clair is) going to have this development, get all the tax revenue and have that road…