Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Here are some lasting images of 2012.
Cameras are out and snapping photos with nearly every story posted here at Upper St. Clair Patch, some more distinguished than others. Above are some of those standout images from 2012. The links to the accompanying stories are below.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Demolition starts on an Upper St. Clair landmark.
The curious, the nostalgic and the heavy-hearted gathered Thursday afternoon to watch the spectacle. Like a couple of angry land-bound birds silhouetted against the sun, two mammoth backhoes feasted on a piece of Upper St. Clair history, consigning it to nothing more than memory. Demolition of the Mayview Barn started pretty much as advertised, right after the outdoor pool at the nearby Community and Recreation Center closed for the season. Heavy equipment brought by contractor Dom Folino Construction lumbered along the barn’s wings on Thursday, tearing asunder the roofs, façades and everything in between. “It’s been tough on Preston,” said observer Annette Shimer, referring to her husband, who led an effort to save the structure. …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
A new tenant will require more spaces at the Route 19 complex.
Additional parking is in the works for Norman Centre. During a public hearing Monday, Upper St. Clair commissioners heard plans for revisions to the parking area at the Route 19 shopping-office complex, which splits its property between the township and Bethel Park. Robert Sapsara, vice president of Norman Centre management company Crossgates Inc., said the lease of longtime tenant Pearl Vision is expiring. A new restaurant tenant will occupy that space, and the change in use requires 22 additional parking spaces, according to his report to the township planning commission in June. Most of the wooded buffer is to remain between the center and homes to the rear. “Our plan is not invasive, by any means,” said Sapsara. A nearby resident, …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The cost of razing the structure looks to be significantly less than the budgeted amount.
If you’re visiting Upper St. Clair’s Community and Recreation Center, take a close look at the large brick barn nearby. You won’t be seeing it much longer. Township commissioners are scheduled to vote Aug. 6 on a contract to demolish the barn, which once was part of a farm that served Mayview State Hospital. The barn represents the last surviving vestige of the barn. The low bid of $79,899 is from Dom Folino Construction of Bethel Park. Upper St. Clair’s 2012 budget allots $150,000 toward the demolition project. The topic was discussed during the commissioners’ information and general affairs meeting Monday, with Commissioner Russell Del Re expressing concerns about the price quoted in the bid. This time, though, it was a matter of perhaps…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Demolition efforts, visible from the adjacent street, continue on the property of the former state hospital.
Mayview State Hospital closed at the end of 2008, ending its 115 years as an institution for the mentally ill on its grounds in South Fayette and Upper St. Clair townships. It was the last such facility in Allegheny County. Many of the buildings are so close to Mayview Road that passing motorists can’t help but see their deteriorating condition, or the vegetation that has been overwhelming the property. They also have noticed that some of the structures now lie in rubble, victims of the proverbial wrecking ball. The state sold the property in 2010, and the owners are in the process of methodically removing what remains of the hospital’s 39 buildings, to make way for a new business park. The hospital, originally called Marshalsea, opened in…
Saturday, June 30, 2012
The venerable structure seems like an anachronism next to the newer amenities at Boyce Mayview Park.
For the most part, the appearance is pure 21st century. A brand-new baseball field, built specifically to accommodate children with special needs, greets visitors as they park their vehicles. On the other side of the lot is a multimillion-dollar recreation building that sets the standard for such facilities across the nation. Viewed from the vantage points of the Miracle League Field of the South Hills and the Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center, the red brick barn nearby is a striking anachronism; some might consider it a downright eyesore. For those who feel that way, don’t worry: The last remnant of the 900-acre farm that once served Mayview State Hospital soon will be nothing but a memory. Upper St. Clair Township plans to …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Upper St. Clair commissioners also vote to forgive 30 percent of The Outdoor Classroom composting toilets loan.
Last minute pleas by two residents Monday night were not enough to convince the Upper St. Clair commissioners to spare the Mayview Barn, as the motion to demolish the barn passed 5-1, with Commissioner Preston Shimer opposing it and Commissioner Robert Orchowski absent. Kristen Perryman said she feels demolishing the barn is in stark contrast to what children are learning in school about recycling and reusing what we have. “This is something that has survived the times—100 years. Once you take history away, it is gone forever. I think that maybe we should allow our next generation to make that decision,” Perryman said. “People want stories, and you can’t build new stories. That barn has a lot of stories.” The barn was recently evaluated …
Friday, November 18, 2011
The Upper St. Clair commissioners may vote on whether to demolish the barn on Monday, Dec. 5.
The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners will likely determine the fate of the Mayview Barn at their next regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 5. On Monday, Nov. 14, the Parks and Recreation committee—comprised of three commissioners—voted to demolish the barn, 2-1. Mark Hamilton and Daniel Paoly voted in favor of demolition. Preston Shimer voted against it. He argued that there was no rush to demolish the barn and that there may be better, more immediate uses for the township money. Shimer is a member of the USC Citizens for Land Stewardship, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of land within the township. The group has been working for about two years to save the barn. They believe the barn …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Parks and Recreation Board has mixed feelings on what should happen to the old barn that sits near the entrance of Boyce Mayview Park.
The future of the Boyce Mayview Barn is back in the hands of the Upper St. Clair commissioners. In a 4-3 vote, the Parks and Recreation Board voted to send their task force subcommittee's recommendation to the commissioners. "The board believes that the future of the barn is a community issue to be resolved by the township commissioners and appreciates the opportunity to provide this input," the recommendation stated. The task force—made up of two members of the Parks and Recreation Board and two members of the USC Citizens for Land Stewardship—believes the commissioners should "undertake a market evaluation" of the property "focusing on commercial amenities." Some of the adaptive uses of the barn the task force suggests include a day care…
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Parks and Recreation Board canceled their meeting for tonight this afternoon.
The Parks and Recreation Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday night has been canceled. The next meeting will take place Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community and Recreation Center. Two topics expected to be on the agenda are the Gilfillan Park improvement plans and the possible reuses of the Mayview Barn.