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March 8, 2012 9:31 am

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Hampton

Council will hold its annual retreat to Seven Springs for a strategic planning meeting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29, manager Christopher Lochner announced during the Feb. 22 meeting.

"The strategic planning meeting is open to the public," Mr. Lochner said, noting that meeting regulars often travel to attend the Seven Springs event. "We usually have a couple of residents show up."

Legal council Vince Tucceri said, "This is the reason our meetings go so smoothly. These guys hammer away [at issues facing the township] for one day every year."

Also during the meeting, council president Victor Son urged residents to remain calm in the face of upcoming real estate tax reassessments, which Allegheny County is expected to mail to north communities by Friday.

He said the township is required to adjust the millage rate to remain revenue neutral with the new assessment totals.

Hampton's property tax rate is 2.5 mills, said Mr. Son, explaining that if assessments rise 40 percent, the millage will be lowered to 1.5 mills. For instance, a house worth $100,000 now pays $250 in taxes. If that same house is reassessed at $140,000, millage will be lowered, and the homeowner would still owe the township $250. "But we won't know the millage until all the appeals are done," he said.

The new values will not be used until 2013 for tax purposes, giving property owners time to challenge the reassessment numbers.

Marshall

Supervisors approved final plans Monday night for a 19.8-acre, 20-lot housing subdivision to be built along Wexford Run Road between the Tyburn Woods housing plan and land owned by Soergel Orchards.

Steven Victor, of Victor-Wetzel Associates, presented the final plan for Chapel Hill Estates during the meeting. He said the plan was "designed to include oversized, wide lots to create a niche in the market with high-end, custom-built homes ranging in price from $800,000 to $1,000,000."

The development will have sidewalks along Malbec Lane, but Mr. Victor said they also will construct a 6-foot-wide pedestrian trail along Wexford Run Road. According to Nicole Zimsky, township planning director, a trail will meet the township's accessibility and connectivity requirements.

According to Ms. Zimsky, June is the earliest estimate on when groundbreaking on the project will take place.

Also during the meeting, supervisor Jack Candek reported that according to police, there have been numerous car breakins taking place at church parking lots while services are in process.

McCandless

Doodle Bugs! Children's Center is one of the newest businesses in McCandless Crossing on McKnight Road to be approved Feb. 27 by council members.

Bob McGurk, project manager for AdVenture Development LLC, the Buffalo, N.Y.-based child care and early education center, has chosen McCandless as its first Pennsylvania location.

Slated to open in early November, Mr. McGurk said the business will occupy a 14,000 square foot, two-story building, with a capacity of as many as 200 children -- from infants through middle school.

He said the children's center, which has 14 locations throughout western New York, will offer a bus to transport children to and from school and parents can check on their kids via Internet viewing.

Doodle Bugs! will be at 8900 Duncan Ave. as part of McCandless Crossing's fourth and final phase of development.

The town center will feature a Home2 Suites by Hilton, which Mr. McGurk said will break ground in late spring. At the corner of Cumberland and McKnight Road, a Fifth/Third bank will break ground by summertime.

Other businesses coming to the town center are a 12-screen, all-digital Cinemark Movie Theater, a grocery store, up to 10 restaurants, and a bookstore. There also will be an office complex and townhomes. Expected to open this month are Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt and an IHOP restaurant. Also, a CVS drug store is expected to open in early July, next to Fidelity Bank,

Also, council approved Team Rahal of Pittsburgh's request for a proposed parking lot for vehicle storage behind Wexford Plaza.


First Published 2012-03-08 08:35:28

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