Hastings preliminary master plan approved by South Fayette commissioners
South Fayette Township commissioners approved the preliminary master plan for the Hastings development during their Aug. 10 meeting.
The measure passed 2-1, with commissioners Gwen Rodi and Raymond Pitetti in favor, and Jessica Cardillo against. Joseph Horowitz, board president, and Commissioner Lisa Malosh were not present.
In the plan as presented, developer Charter Homes and Neighborhoods at Hastings Inc. has cut back the number of residential units to 572, down from the approximately 620 originally proposed. The reduction was driven by the company’s sensitivity to concerns of South Fayette Township School District that the development would add an overwhelming number of potential students, according to a Charter representative.
The township planning commission voted July 21 to recommend approval of the preliminary plan, which is for about 150 acres on the former Mayview State Hospital property.
One request for a modification to a township ordinance was not recommended. Charter seeks to allow 16 interior townhouse units to be 16 feet wide, which falls four feet short of the minimum allowed in the current ordinance, on 16-foot-wide lots that are 1,200 square feet.
Also on Aug. 10, commissioners discussed plans to refinance the township bonds through Janney Montgomery Scott. The board approved a back-end savings plan that would allow the bonds to reach their final maturity in 2030, four years earlier than anticipated. The plan, which was approved by commissioners, will save the township roughly $2.2 million in the form of debt service relief.