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“Mayview State Hospital’s fate still unknown”

 

Those curious about the eventual fate of the Mayview State Hospital property will
have to wait another month.
The state task force studying the issue cancelled the meeting it had scheduled for
tonight, and is withholding its draft report to await more information.
“We are expecting the final appraisal and land survey in
June,” State Sen. John Pippy, R-Moon, said Monday.
“Originally we didn’t know when that was going to come
back. Since we’re going to have it, it seemed wise to wait
for it.”
The state, as part of its program to decentralize mental health
care, closed the hospital at the end of the year. Mr. Pippy is
co-chair of the task force, which is exploring the best use of the 335-acre site on
Chartiers Creek in South Fayette.
The process has not been free of controversy. Advocates have staged rallies at task
force meetings, calling for a sale at the highest possible price with the proceeds
going toward mental health care.
Others have been sounding a cautionary note, pointing out that slopes and wetlands
limit the buildable space to about 80 acres, noting that access on Mayview Road
would limit development for major business or commercial use and saying that the
roughly 30 buildings will have serious asbestos issues in demolition or reuse.
South Fayette commissioners recently changed the property’s zoning to a newly
created designation for recreational use, which would include use as a public park,
low-density residential or agriculatural use or such commercial recreation use as a
golf course.
The township is interested in acquiring the upper part of the property — west of
Mayview Road, up a steep slope — and adding it to the adjacent Fairview Park.
Some of the hospital buildings are more than a century old, and many are in poor
condition, ill-suited for reuse. Those dating from the middle of the 20th Century are
laden with asbestos, as are most buildings from the era. It will have to be safely
removed whether they are renovated or demolished.
Mr. Pippy said the task force essentially agrees with the goals of the mental health
advocates.
Mayview State Hospital’s fate still unknown
State to release report next month
Thursday, May 07, 2009
By Brian David, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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advocates.
“We’ve been working with them closely over the last couple of months,” he said.
“We want to make sure that as much money comes from this as possible, and that it
goes to mental health care.”
But it’s not likely to be tens of millions, as advocates would like. “I don’t think
people have taken fully into account the cost of demolition,” Mr. Pippy said.
The task force commissioned the appraisal in March; the contract called for an
assessment of the land’s value at its highest possible use, regardless of zoning.
Having it should lend some clarity to the draft report, which Mr. Pippy described
as “essentially an attempt to summarize most of the notes we’ve taken at the various
hearings” held about the land’s use.
The task force announced several weeks ago that it would post the report on its
Web site about a week prior to tonight’s meeting. But when it cancelled the
meeting, it also cancelled plans to post the report.
“There won’t be anything in there that’s new,” Mr. Pippy said. “It’s all the stuff
people have been hearing talk about. But it seemed prudent to wait for the
appraisal.”

 

This article first seen in the May 7, 2009 issue of the Pittsburgh post-gazette offers an update as to where things are with regards to the issues surrounding the re-use of the former Mayview state Hospital property.  The article can be found in it’s original format at … http://www.post-gazette.net/pg/09127/968062-55.stm

Mayview State Hospital’s fate still unknown

State to release report next month

Those curious about the eventual fate of the Mayview State Hospital property will have to wait another month.

The state task force studying the issue cancelled the meeting it had scheduled for tonight, and is withholding its draft report to await more information.

“We are expecting the final appraisal and land survey in June,” State Sen. John Pippy, R-Moon, said Monday.

“Originally we didn’t know when that was going to come back. Since we’re going to have it, it seemed wise to wait for it.”

The state, as part of its program to decentralize mental health care, closed the hospital at the end of the year. Mr. Pippy is co-chair of the task force, which is exploring the best use of the 335-acre site on Chartiers Creek in South Fayette.

The process has not been free of controversy. Advocates have staged rallies at task force meetings, calling for a sale at the highest possible price with the proceeds going toward mental health care.

Others have been sounding a cautionary note, pointing out that slopes and wetlands limit the buildable space to about 80 acres, noting that access on Mayview Road would limit development for major business or commercial use and saying that the roughly 30 buildings will have serious asbestos issues in demolition or reuse.

South Fayette commissioners recently changed the property’s zoning to a newly created designation for recreational use, which would include use as a public park, low-density residential or agriculatural use or such commercial recreation use as a golf course.

The township is interested in acquiring the upper part of the property — west of Mayview Road, up a steep slope — and adding it to the adjacent Fairview Park.

Some of the hospital buildings are more than a century old, and many are in poor condition, ill-suited for reuse. Those dating from the middle of the 20th Century are laden with asbestos, as are most buildings from the era. It will have to be safely removed whether they are renovated or demolished.

Mr. Pippy said the task force essentially agrees with the goals of the mental health advocates.

Mayview State Hospital’s fate still unknown State to release report next month.  Advocates. “We’ve been working with them closely over the last couple of months,” he said.

“We want to make sure that as much money comes from this as possible, and that it goes to mental health care.”

But it’s not likely to be tens of millions, as advocates would like. “I don’t think people have taken fully into account the cost of demolition,” Mr. Pippy said.

The task force commissioned the appraisal in March; the contract called for an assessment of the land’s value at its highest possible use, regardless of zoning.

Having it should lend some clarity to the draft report, which Mr. Pippy described as “essentially an attempt to summarize most of the notes we’ve taken at the various hearings” held about the land’s use.

The task force announced several weeks ago that it would post the report on its Web site about a week prior to tonight’s meeting. But when it cancelled the meeting, it also cancelled plans to post the report.

“There won’t be anything in there that’s new,” Mr. Pippy said. “It’s all the stuff people have been hearing talk about. But it seemed prudent to wait for the appraisal.”

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