Ross Commissioners Approve Rezoning of Northway Elementary Property, Cemetery Lane Townhouses

The vote to rezone the former school property was not unanimous.

The new owners of the Northway Mall cleared their first hurtle Monday night when the Ross Township Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 to approve the rezoning, from residential to commercial, the site of the former Northway Elementary School on Brown's Lane. 


Commission Board President Grant Montgomery and commissioner Chris Eyster voted against the rezoning. Commissioners Lana Mazur and David Mikec were absent. 

The vote came after several residents, who live nearby, expressed reservations about the plan.  

Brian Lindner said he is concerned about the hustle and bustle a shopping center would bring to what had been an elementary school. "That's going to bring in shipping traffic, I don't know if there's going to be loading docks, but that will mean noise," he said. "There are children, the elderly, all types of people living in that community, I worry about what this development will do to that kind of area." 

Robert Fenk, who lives in the Mews Townhomes off of Browns Lane, said he will probably move. 

"Browns Lane is undoubtedly going to experience increased automobile traffic, and increased truck traffic that it doesn't have now," he said. "I had planned to remain in the Mews the rest of my life, that's not going to happen because I can see the handwriting on the wall."

Commissioner Pete Ferraro tried to assure those in the audience that their interests would be protected.

"When it comes time to work with Levey and Company, I think they have the intentions of doing what is also good for the community," he said. "I promise to work with them to ensure that they do exactly what the constituents are asking for as far as recommendations. I know that they can't guarantee that, but I can promise you that I will do my best to protect the integrity of the neighborhood."

Cemetery Lane Townhouses

The commissioners also approved rezoning to enable the construction of more than 42 townhouses along Cemetery Lane. The vote was 7-0.

The owner, Raymond Caldwell, Jr., told the planning commission at its Dec. 20 meeting that Ryan homes will be the builder, and the townhouses will cost in the neighborhood of $200,000. 

What do you think about the decision to to rezone the Northway Elementary property from residential to commercial? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

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SLR February 05, 2013 at 06:56 PM
I will vote for any commissioner who supported these projects. We need thoughful development in the township. There will be a nice hotel built on the former school property. Highland CC development is good for Ross and West View. Good news all around.
AnonymousNorthHills February 05, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Bad news for the traffic and congestion if they let Heartland home develop that much.They need to scale it back a lot to make 150 homes or less. I also feel there are plenty of homes for sale in Ross Twp and the taxes will be on houses only if they can sell them. They will shop in Cranberry Twp or Ben Avon Heights. Also we cannot predict the future but we did close a school in Ross Twp. I drive by the abandoned golfl course and see the mini lake at the bottom next to Cornell. West View will get the brunt of the issues without any of the taxes to help. Please see the rest of the comments here: http://northhills.patch.com/articles/ross-commissioners-table-vote-on-heartland-homes-plan-for-former-highland-cc
Kevin February 05, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Waht Anonymos NH. Said . West View isnt gonna gain much fron The development except a couple houses .
B Concerned February 06, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I agree with Anonymous as well. I live near Highland CC and would rather not see any development. If there has to be any I feel it should be at most, half of the proposed developement. The commishioners I am sure dont live nearby and neither do the developers. $$$ Let's not be gready now. And there will be various impacts to deal with.
Harris February 07, 2013 at 11:18 PM
haha its funny. Most of you people complain about Ross commisioners. When things are for sale, people buy it and are free to do as they please. You guys complain about the Highland proposal and you want it to be just left alone??? haha are you guys living in the clouds? It was sent for auction, sold. If you wanted it-then you should have paid for it. You're complaining about 300k-500k homes bc they make you feel inadequate. Just wait when you annoy them enough that they sell it to URA or HUD or for section 8-I'm sure you'll enjoy that scenario. I went to NHHS and own a house in Ross but I'm leaving for NA-Franklin Park asap. They understand the concept of new constriction. At this rate you want Ross to be the next Bellevue or Millvale.


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