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Ferguson Township approves preliminary sewer line project

The Board of Supervisors gave unanimous preliminary approval Monday for sewer line relocations in the Overlook Heights and Suburban Park areas.

Approval came after a description of the project by township Manager Mark Kunkle, saying the project involved the abandonment of existing sewer lines within the private properties and the park itself. Existing lines run through the rear of the properties along East Aaron Drive and a line runs through the center of Suburban Park.

The new line will run through the southern edge of the park, he said, and requires an easement agreement between the township and the University Area Joint Authority for use of the land.

UAJA Executive Director Cory Miller said the project will likely start in July. Approval by the township now will allow for faster permitting by the state Department of Environmental Protection, and during that time the township and UAJA can finalize an easement agreement.

An easement through the park will avoid disturbing privately planted trees along the property lines, Miller said. About a dozen mature trees in the park will be affected by the project, he said, and the UAJA will replace any tree it takes down.

In other business, supervisors unanimously approved an amendment to the neighborhood shopping center zoning ordinance, allowing several business uses within the planned residential development district.

Approval came after a brief public hearing. Additional uses include grocery stores up to 60,000 square feet, professional services, retail, exercise facilities and drive-thru services for pharmacies, restaurants and administrative offices.

Supervisor Laura Dininni reminded developers, while she was hesitant to approve drive-thru services, not to forget to focus on the overall walkability of the residential developments as a whole.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews