Thursday, February 28, 2013
The South Fayette Zoning Board unanimously denied a request to allow coal mining at the former Mayview State Hospital property.
The South Fayette Zoning Board unanimously denied a request from Aloe Brothers LLC to allow mineral extraction from the former Mayview State Hospital property. About 50 people attended Thursday night's public hearing. Residents from South Fayette, Upper St. Clair and Bridgeville spoke out against the proposed surface coal mining. One Bridgeville woman said she was in favor of what the developers needed to do to develop the property. Irving Firman, an attorney on behalf of Upper St. Clair, also attended the hearing. Firman asked Dennis Regan, who is Aloe’s project manager, if he'd consider tabling the application to discuss the plan with Upper St. Clair Township officials. Regan said no. Preston Shimer, president of USC Citizens for Land …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The developer that bought the former Mayview State Hospital property is asking South Fayette Township officials to allow it to perform surface mining to remove coal.
The developer that bought the former Mayview State Hospital site three years ago is asking South Fayette Township officials to allow it do a “full-scale mining operation” on the property to remove coal. Aloe Brothers LLC, which in 2010 bought the former state hospital property in South Fayette, wants to conduct surface mining on the land to retrieve coal 40 feet beneath the ground. Dennis Regan, who is Aloe’s project manager, claimed that the coal removal is mainly to stabilize the ground to begin developing the property. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, there is a coal mine located beneath the property that was used to heat the hospital buildings, but it was abandoned in the 1960s. The newspaper also reported that the state …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Have you noticed all the commotion by the former Mayview State Hospital in South Fayette? The reason for all the commotion is a TV pilot filming there.
Neighbors have reported seeing bright lights, trailers and police at the former Mayview State Hospital in South Fayette Township this week. The reason for all the commotion? There's a TV pilot filming there. The pilot is for a drama on A&E called Those Who Kill. Actress Chloe Sevigny is one of the leads. You may recognize her because she won a Golden Globe for her role on HBO’s Big Love and was nominated for an Oscar for Boys Don’t Cry. Actors James D'Arcy and Ryan O'Nan also have leads in the pilot. The project, an adaptation of a Danish crime series based on the books by Elsebeth Egholm, centers on a female police detective and a forensic psychiatrist on the hunt for serial killers. Crews are scheduled to film through Dec. 18. Mayview …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The cost of razing the structure looks to be significantly less than originally expected
If you’re driving from Bridgeville along Mayview Road, take a close look at the large brick barn nearby. You won’t be seeing it much longer. Township commissioners are scheduled to vote Aug. 6 on a contract to demolish the barn, which once was part of a farm that served Mayview State Hospital. The barn represents the last surviving vestige of the barn. The low bid of $79,899 is from Dom Folino Construction of Bethel Park. Upper St. Clair’s 2012 budget allots $150,000 toward the demolition project. The topic was discussed during the commissioners’ information and general affairs meeting Monday, with Commissioner Russell Del Re expressing concerns about the price quoted in the bid. This time, though, it was a matter of perhaps the cost not …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Demolition efforts, visible from the adjacent street, continue on the property of the former state hospital.
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- Harry Funk
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Mayview State Hospital closed at the end of 2008, ending its 115 years as an institution for the mentally ill on its grounds in South Fayette and Upper St. Clair townships. It was the last such facility in Allegheny County. Many of the buildings are so close to Mayview Road that passing motorists can’t help but see their deteriorating condition, or the vegetation that has been overwhelming the property. They also have noticed that some of the structures now lie in rubble, victims of the proverbial wrecking ball. The state sold the property in 2010, and the owners are in the process of methodically removing what remains of the hospital’s 39 buildings, to make way for a new business park. The hospital, originally called Marshalsea, opened in…