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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

“Mayview property likely will be split”

This article was found in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the following location …. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_612789.html

Mayview property likely will be split

By Bonnie Pfister
TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Saturday, February 21, 2009

 

The 300-acre campus of the former Mayview State Hospital likely will be split in two, with its tree-covered slopes preserved as green space, while the flatter area could be redeveloped into a residential “village” or business park.

South Fayette Township Manager Michael Hoy said Friday that removing 40 steeply sloped acres would likely make the grounds more attractive to developers. Proposals for the land that housed the psychiatric hospital are still in their infancy.

The property is zoned for either business or residential development.

Building a housing and treatment facility for people with mental-health issues also is a possibility, Hoy said.

Chris Goswick of the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, and a member of the Mayview Land Reuse Task Force that met Thursday to discuss the future of the property, said the county can’t afford large-scale infrastructure work there. The land is accessible by a simple two-lane road only, and county resources already are tapped to cover upgrades to existing bridges and roads.

Mayview ceased to operate as a hospital in late December, although 11 patients are housed in what is now a long-term structured residence — the most secure type of housing-and-treatment facility available for people with mental illnesses. Those patients are expected to be moved to other accommodations by the end of June, said Rich Kuppelweiser, the facility’s chief operating officer.

On Thursday, about 60 activists with the Consumer Health Coalition urged task force co-Chairs Sen. John Pippy, R-Moon, and Nick Kotik, D-McKees Rocks, to find a way to bring proceeds of the land sale to the region for mental-health services. Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, introduced such a resolution Wednesday to the Legislature. Existing law requires proceeds of state land to go to a general fund.

Kotik offered his support, but made no promises.

“John and I will do all we can,” Kotik said. “But unless we can convince at least 26 senators and 102 legislators that this has merit, it’s not going to pass.”

Members of the task force will meet at least twice more before making final recommendations to the state, perhaps in May. The land sale is not expected for at least another year.

“Mayview property likely will be split”

This article found on PittsburghLive.com at the following address … http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_612789.html Further discusses the potential use of the former Mayview State Hospital property

Mayview property likely will be split

By Bonnie Pfister
TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Saturday, February 21, 2009

 

The 300-acre campus of the former Mayview State Hospital likely will be split in two, with its tree-covered slopes preserved as green space, while the flatter area could be redeveloped into a residential “village” or business park.

South Fayette Township Manager Michael Hoy said Friday that removing 40 steeply sloped acres would likely make the grounds more attractive to developers. Proposals for the land that housed the psychiatric hospital are still in their infancy.

The property is zoned for either business or residential development.

Building a housing and treatment facility for people with mental-health issues also is a possibility, Hoy said.

Chris Goswick of the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, and a member of the Mayview Land Reuse Task Force that met Thursday to discuss the future of the property, said the county can’t afford large-scale infrastructure work there. The land is accessible by a simple two-lane road only, and county resources already are tapped to cover upgrades to existing bridges and roads.

Mayview ceased to operate as a hospital in late December, although 11 patients are housed in what is now a long-term structured residence — the most secure type of housing-and-treatment facility available for people with mental illnesses. Those patients are expected to be moved to other accommodations by the end of June, said Rich Kuppelweiser, the facility’s chief operating officer.

On Thursday, about 60 activists with the Consumer Health Coalition urged task force co-Chairs Sen. John Pippy, R-Moon, and Nick Kotik, D-McKees Rocks, to find a way to bring proceeds of the land sale to the region for mental-health services. Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, introduced such a resolution Wednesday to the Legislature. Existing law requires proceeds of state land to go to a general fund.

Kotik offered his support, but made no promises.

“John and I will do all we can,” Kotik said. “But unless we can convince at least 26 senators and 102 legislators that this has merit, it’s not going to pass.”

Members of the task force will meet at least twice more before making final recommendations to the state, perhaps in May. The land sale is not expected for at least another year.

Mayview State Hospital Task Force

Here’s a link to a new site which is going to include updates on the land use from Mayview’s closure and other related issues.  Definitely worth taking a peek if you want to know what is being said in some of the public meetings.

http://www.mayviewlandreusetaskforce.com/

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