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“South Fayette plans public hearing for Mayview property”

This article found in the March 17, 2009 issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette further discusses  the possible uses for the former Mayview State Hospital Grounds.  The article can be found in its original format at … http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09076/956220-100.stm

South Fayette plans public hearing for Mayview property
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The South Fayette commissioners last night set an April 13 public hearing date for a proposed new recreational-use zoning district that was designed with the Mayview State Hospital property in mind.

Mayview closed at the end of 2008 and the state has launched a task force to determine the best use for the 330-acre property. An appraisal has been ordered to determine the value of the property and its most profitable potential use.

South Fayette officials have said that only about 90 of the property’s acres are useable because of wetlands, slopes and railroad tracks. It is also in a relatively remote location along Mayview Road fronting Chartiers Creek.

The property originally was zoned for residential use, but the commissioners in October rezoned it for use as a business park. They said at the time that they were designing a new zoning designation for it.

South Fayette manager Mike Hoy said the proposed district is modeled on recreational zones in other municipalities, allowing private, public or non-profit recreational uses, agriculture or extremely low-density housing.

He said officials had consulted with their counterparts in neighboring municipalities — especially Upper St. Clair, which lies on the other side of the creek — in drawing the district.

“We want to provide the best possibility for redevelopment in a manner that is in the best interests of not only South Fayette but others, too,” Mr. Hoy said. “What can we do here that can benefit everyone?”

Advocates for former Mayview patients have been lobbying to have the land sold for the highest amount possible with the money going to help care for the mentally ill.

Mr. Hoy said the zoning should add value, because the slopes and wetlands can be used for recreation.

“It really lends value to areas that are pretty much undevelopable in the first place,” he said.

Brian David can be reached at bdavid@post-gazette.com or at 412-722-0086.
First published on March 17, 2009 at 5:36 am
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