Bridgeville Can't Stop New Bedner's Farm Neighborhood

A 136-lot subdivision received tentative approval from the Upper St. Clair Planning Commission.

Developers to build a new neighborhood on the Upper St. Clair farm.

The Planning Commission recommended approval in a 6-0 vote on Dec. 15, and now the plan awaits approval from townhip officials. The public hearing for the proposed Bedner's Estates 136-lot subdivision is scheduled for Feb. 6.

The developers, JT Thomas Homes and Heartland Homes, said the neighborhood plan would take place in three phases. The first phase would create an entrance on Cook School Road and extend Scarlett Drive. The second phase would add a connection to Main Street in Bridgeville.

Nearby residents, many from Scarlett Drive, attended the meeting and spoke out against the development.

"We all believed Scarlett Drive was a cul-de-sac street. Ryan Homes told everyone Bedner's Farm would never be developed," said Cathy Manulo, of Scarlett Drive.

The residents' main concerns were safety and traffic.

Multiple residents warned planning commissioners how dangerous the right-hand turn from Cook School Road onto Scarlett Drive is during inclimate weather. They said the stop sign had been "taken out many times."

"We have a gazillion kids that play on the cul-de-sac," Manulo said.

Manulo and others are afraid of the traffic that would be created by making Scarlett Drive an entrance to the neighborhood.

Upper St. Clair's traffic consultant, Mark Magalotti of Trans Associates, contradicted the residents' worries. He said the traffic study found that only 7 percent of the neighborhood's traffic would use Scarlett Drive. The rest of the traffic would use Cook School Road, which is why a connection to Main Street would be so important, Magalotti said.

Main Street is in Bridgeville and officials and residents there .

“Upper St. Clair gets all the taxes and Bridgeville gets all of the traffic," said Bridgeville resident Pasquale DeBlasio at a .

However, Magalotti and Kim Gales, represenative for the developers, said they know of no legal way would be able to stop the connection from happening.

Upper St. Clair residents also demanded that there would be a Bower Hill Road connection to the neighborhood. Gales said the connection is not possible, not because of the cost, but because of the land's grade and mines, and the developer does not own the land along Bower Hill Road.

on Bower Hill Road is not part of the land sale and will remain.

Planning commissioners approved the Bedner's Estates plan with the understanding that construction vehicles would only be able to use the Cook School Road entrance and not Scarlett Drive.

This story originally appeared on Upper St. Clair Patch

Mike Jones December 21, 2011 at 03:40 PM
They pretty much shoved that comment in Bridgeville's face, didn't they? I think a developer should want to do everything in its power to be good neighbors and work with all of the affected communities. Maybe people in your neighborhood should start going to USC commissioner meetings and testify at the public hearing on Feb. 6.
Mrs. McNulty December 21, 2011 at 03:53 PM
Yes, Mike they did try to shove that one in our faces. Thanks for the heads up on the USC hearing. I hope the builders will toss off Scrooge and find the spirit of Christmas. They need to build their own access roads instead of trying to screw over the less fortunate community next door.
Mrs. McNulty December 21, 2011 at 06:52 PM
I did not see the proposed layout at first. Interesting how the two older red brick homes which were originally built for Bedner family members will remain on Cook School Rd. They will look quite out of place next to the new fancy development, but hey - whatever makes the most money for the builders has to be good - right? They will be adding traffic flow to Bridgeville's Main Street from all of the 136 homes to be built plus the 21 on Scarlett.
Jesse White December 22, 2011 at 02:50 AM
Sounds like Bridgeville should build a very small park or find some other civic use for that connection area that would preclude any unwanted connector road...
Mrs. McNulty December 23, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Main St ends at the Bedner Farm property line. I'm sure the borough would put a park in if a connection area existed, but the road and the houses on either side of it border the Bedner property line. USC residents on Scarlett Drive are facing the same problem. Instead of building homes to complete the circle at the end of their street, part of the cul-de-sac incluldes the Bedner Farm property line. The Scrooge builders don't want to spend any money on access roads. One last thing, they say they can't build an access road due to land grade and mines. The entire farm and the neighboring area in Bridgville sit on top of an abandoned mine. The Bedner family bought the farm from a coal company. Who would want to spend $400,000.00 to $700,000.00 on a house built on top of an old mine?


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