Hearing on plans for Dunbar Township resort off until January
Fayette County’s zoning board recessed a hearing until January to consider special approval for a proposal to build a resort in Dunbar Township.
During a hearing that lasted about 2 1⁄2 hours Wednesday, Gene Gallo told the zoning board he wants to put the resort on about 30 acres near The River’s Edge Family Campground, Adelaide Road and the Greater Allegheny Passage trail.
The business would cater to bicyclists using the Allegheny trail, Gallo said.
He proposed 20 recreational-vehicle sites, 45 cottages ranging from 720 to 1,400 square feet and 10 cabins on the property. He said he would like to sell the cottages.
The plans include a community building, comfort hall, pavilions, a nature and history center, a maintenance building and a guard shack.
An 8-inch sewer line serves the property, and hookups would be available to the RVs, Gallo said.
He estimated that 150 to 200 people could use the site at one time.
The resort would operate year-round, and peak seasons would be summer and fall, Gallo said. No outdoor concerts would be held, he said.
“We’re looking for a rustic look,” Gallo added.
He said he would supply electric service to the recreation area and wants to set up a concession stand to sell ice cream, soda and similar refreshments, but no alcohol. Alcohol use would be allowed in the cabins or cottages as long as state law were followed, Gallo said.
Attorney Richard Bower, who represents neighbors opposed to the resort, countered that Gallo needs to present a traffic study done by an engineer and explain how he plans to “buffer,” or block from view, features on the property that others may not want to see.
Gallo’s attorney, Douglas Sepic, contended a traffic study is unnecessary.
Bower questioned safety on a proposed right of way on the property.
Gallo’s hearing will resume at 10 a.m. Jan. 28.
The zoning board continued another hearing until 10 a.m. Jan. 14 on Summa Development of Pittsburgh’s efforts to get a special exception and variance to build affordable housing near Fort Mason Village in Masontown.
Bower requested the delay because John Verbanac, a Summa principal, did not attend.
“The applicant has to be here to testify,” Bower said.
About 50 residents attended the session to protest the development.
The Fayette County Housing Authority sold 4 acres near the Masontown-German Park to Summa for $50,000.
Most of the units are intended for tenants earning $35,000 or less.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724- 836-6622 or [email protected].