SF: Hearing on mining appeal set for Sept. 25Published Sep 18, 2013 at 9:33 am (Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 9:33 am)
Aloe Brothers, LLC, owner of the former Mayview Hospital property in South Fayette, has filed an appeal with the township’s zoning hearing board over a decision made in February denying strip coal mining at the property.
The appeal will be heard during a public hearing at South Fayette’s Zoning Hearing Board meeting Sept. 25. The public will be able to comment at the meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the township building.
“We expect a big turnout,” said John Alan Kosky, chairman of the South Fayette Zoning Hearing Board. He would not comment further on the nature of the meeting as he said he had not yet received his packet.
Aloe Brothers is asking for a special exception to the township code to allow mining on the property and is also challenging the validity of a specific section of the township’s zoning ordinance regarding B-1 or business districts.
On Feb. 27, South Fayette’s three-member zoning hearing board unanimously denied Aloe Brothers’ special request application to mine coal on about 36 acres of the 160-acre property, which is zoned B-1. Aloe Brothers purchased the former Mayview Hospital property about two years ago for about $505,000.
At the Feb. 27 hearing Dennis Regan, project manager for Aloe Brothers, said mining coal on the property is “just a piece of the puzzle to help mitigate costs.” Regan said at that meeting the township was aware that coal would have to be removed from the property to stabilize the ground in order to build.
Some concerns from residents included potential increased truck traffic on Boyce, Mayview and Morganza roads as well as environmental impacts that could derive from coal mining.