Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mt. Lebanon Rezones Bradley Center Site

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mt. Lebanon Rezones Bradley Center Site

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Vacant property that once housed the Bradley Center and the DePaul Institute has been rezoned.

Mt. Lebanon commissioners voted Monday to change the designation to R-4 which, among other provisions, allows for multifamily dwellings and limited commercial use. The vote came following three and a half hours of public comments that included objections to rezoning.

Many of the opponents were Brookline residents whose neighborhood abuts the Castlegate Avenue property, just over the city line in Mt. Lebanon. They cited concerns about safety, traffic and diminishing property values, among other issues, if the property is developed to include multifamily residences.

Commissioners were scheduled to vote on the measure March 24 but tabled it until representatives from potential developers of the property could meet with nearby residents.

The meeting took place last week, with about 65 residents attending. None who live in the immediate area were in favor of the rezoning, said Angela Gaito-Lagnese of Castlegate Avenue.

"We want our neighborhood to remain the way it is now," she told commissioners.

A request to rezone was submitted to the municipality by Residential Resources Inc. and Green Development Inc., which are considering developing the property, along with Oxford Development. The companies have proposed a four-story, multifamily building for rental by senior citizens, along with town houses for sale.

The property previously had been zoned R-2, which limits residences to single-family, detached homes.

Mt. Lebanon's most recent comprehensive plan, adopted in October, identifies the 8.17-acre Castlegate Avenue property as a "key site for redevelopment." The property has been vacant since the Bradley Center, a behavioral health care and child welfare provider, closed its campus there in 2007.

"That's been an abandoned property for a while, and the thought that it's going to be taken care of is very appealing," Commissioner Dave Brumfield said about his supporting the rezoning. …

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