Park Place OK'd for final phases

Revision lowers number of units in development

October 9, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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CRANBERRY TWP — The final phases of Park Place now have permission from the township supervisors.

At Thursday night's meeting, supervisors granted final approval for the revision of single-family houses and apartment buildings to townhouses and lot subdivisions to accommodate those changes.

Those changes lower the number of units in the development by 87 as Park Place enters Phases 6, 7 and 8 of constructing the 195-acre development between Rochester and Powell Roads.

Andrew Drake, president of the Park Place homeowners' association, said the developer and the HOA agreed on the alterations to the development and spoke with the postmaster about placement of mailbox clusters for phases 7 and 8.

At the Sept. 26 agenda-setting meeting, Drake told the board much of the HOA's concern was that the maintenance of the apartment buildings would have been financially unsustainable for the association, which is responsible for those costs.

Stormwater management

Also at Thursday's meeting, Jason Kratsas, director of engineering and environmental services, briefed the board on a way to finance environmental regulations for how the township manages its stormwater.

The possibility, he explained, is to consider stormwater management a utility, charging each developed property a base rate. The owner of a single-family residence would pay no more than the base rate, but nonresidential and multifamily residential properties would pay more.

“There's just no other way to recoup those costs,” Kratsas said.

Estimates and agreements

Supervisors also agreed to enter into an agreement with the Breakneck Creek Regional Authority and signed an estimate to relocate utilities for the tunnel under Route 228.

The agreement with the BCRA will extend the life of the township’s water treatment plant, according to township manager Jerry Andree.

Under the agreement, Cranberry will decommission the Franklin Acres Pump Station, sending water to the BCRA’s treatment plant.

The ongoing $16 million MSA Thruway project will require Consolidated Communications to relocate utilities in the amount of $231,000. Supervisors agreed to that estimate.

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