Upper St. Clair commissioners advance development plans

Published Sep 3, 2014 at 10:26 am (Updated Sep 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm)

While legal battles continue over the Siena at St. Clair development along Route 19, the board of commissioners approved final plat approval at its Sept. 2 meeting for developers planning a mixed-used residential and retail plan anchored by a Whole Foods store.

Construction crews continue work at 1800 Washington Road as developers recently saw their eighth legal challenge to the development. Moira Cain-Mannix, an attorney with ties to Giant Eagle, argued she wasn’t legally notified of zoning changes to the plan and is acting as a concerned citizen. Her challenge was denied then quickly appealed.

The board of commissioners also approved final amendments to the Willowbrooke Estates plan and the Crum plan, and approved final subdivision plans for the Shenandoah Estates after engineers with PVE Sheffer proved a workable stormwater management plan.

“They’ve addressed what we’ve asked, including the addition of a private eight-inch pipe across the five-plot plan,” director of community development, Scott Brillhart said.

The only action tabled for October was the Ardolino Development plan, after attorneys representing the restaurant and nearby offices on Boyce Road said stormwater was still an issue and urged the board not to vote on the issue.

“It’s not solely the Ardolino project, but stormwater needs to be addressed,” attorney Sandy Garfinkel said, who represents St. Clair Plaza business tenants.

“We have made some minor amendments to a stormwater management plan, and if there are still complaints, they can be addressed at the next meeting in October,” attorney Kenneth Yarsky said, who represents the restaurant owners.

In other business, the board approved an amendment to township code to allow signs on playground equipment displaying individual donors to parks and The Miracle League baseball field.

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