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150 New Apartments Possibly Coming to Route 51 Vacant Lot

The lot is found near the Route 51 cloverleaf in south Baldwin.

Representatives of the AR Building Company are expected to seek preliminary approval soon from the Baldwin Borough Council regarding the development of three 50-unit apartments buildings on a vacant lot near the Route 51 cloverleaf, Baldwin engineer Larry Souleret said on Wednesday.

If and when given final approval by the Baldwin Council—and once built—the buildings would sit on a roughly 3.5-acre property in south Baldwin.

The property, according to the Allegheny County Assessment Web page, is owned by Nello Fiore of Whitehall Borough, and is located just north of the Baldwin-Pleasant Hills Borough border.

The Baldwin Council discussed the project during an agenda meeting on Tuesday night. Councilman John Conley, the chair of the borough's Zoning & Planning Committee, said at that meeting that the developers are aiming for the buildings to be four stories high.

Conley expressed concern over how traffic will increase if the buildings are opened.

"This will put a little more pressure on that narrow road where the railroad goes over top and there's one lane (Grace Street)," he said.

Grace Street is attached to Bliss Drive, which runs adjacent to the planned site.

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Jim December 15, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I really hope Baldwin government has enough brains to write something into an approval that the complex can never get section 8 approval. Everyone argues the only section 8 they take now at the hole next door is elderly. If a landlord is section 8 approved they can not pick and choose. All who apply can get in. The landlord can not discriminate. Who would want to rent a high end place that is next to a railroad track, and an apartment complex like whatever it is called now, that needs a police substation. Once they build it and can not rent because of those issues they will just start renting to anyone.
Watcher December 15, 2012 at 02:26 PM
3 50 unit buildings on 3 acres, next to A railroad track, next to what is esentially a ghetto apartment complex that overlooks A clover interchange. You are probaly better off leaving it greenspace.
Robert Edward Healy, III December 19, 2012 at 07:22 AM
Route 51 Apartments Update: http://patch.com/A-01sY.
LeonA December 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Jim9:09 am on Saturday, December 15, 2012 I really hope Baldwin government has enough brains to write something into an approval that the complex can never get section 8 approval. Everyone argues the only section 8 they take now at the hole next door is elderly. If a landlord is section 8 approved they can not pick and choose. All who apply can get in.>>> Jim, if I recall correctly the other place no longer takes ANY section 8, the reference to elderly there being on Section 8 is to people who have already lived there before this changed. They are not throwing out the elderly residents who are on Sec. 8, but they are not accepting ANY new secl8 residents.
Robert Edward Healy, III July 18, 2013 at 02:18 AM
UPDATE: http://baldwin-whitehall.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/large-apartment-complex-given-approvalwith-conditionsin-baldwin-borough.

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