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Silvestri Addresses New Developments at State of the Township

Projects and goals were discussed at Rolling Hills Country Club Wednesday.

A total of 323 houses sold last year, at an average cost of $323,000, according to township Manager Michael A. Silvestri. Things are looking sunny in a still-gloomy economy. As of Jan. 1 the township population was tallied at 21,378 people.

Silvestri addressed members at the annual State of the Township lunch—sponsored by Dollar Bank—on Wednesday. New projects were discussed, including the "inevitable"  and issues.

"Our goal is to design as restrictive of an ordinance as we can, but one that permits it," Silvestri said in regard to drilling. "And, that's generally how council feels.

"We'll probably increase the size of properties to larger than 20 acres, so residents can have the confidence that (drill sites) are not going to go everywhere."

With an $18 million budget, the township will commence quite a few summer projects, including road work and paving program expansion, housing and recreation renovations. 

In August, the  replacement project is set to commence, with the bidding process taking place in June.

Silvestri, on behalf of the township, is glancing into the future while these projects continue. 

"It's a very pivotal period in Peters," he said. "Baby boomers are looking for less maintenance and children aren't interested in purchasing 'mansion-style' homes.

"There is a housing mix that is needed. It won't be a drastic change, but it will be very controversial." 

The township is looking into "skinnying-up" Route 19 in the future, Silvestri said, which he noted would include removing a turning lane among other changes. Transit for bikers and pedestrians might be needed to keep the community vibrant, he said. 

Nearly 25 new developments are taking place in the township, including public, commercial, multi-family residential, and new and ongoing residential single family homes.

Plans for a Right By Nature grocery store in place of what was once Ethan Allen are set, Silvestri said, as are plans for St. Clair Hospital's outpatient center construction, which arrived Wednesday morning. The Paramount Senior Living facility should be completed by September, he said. 

Silvestri discussed the newly formed tax collection district, which means one collector countywide, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

In additional news, mark your calendars for and the program April 30, and community day June 25.

Stay tuned for a new township website, which Silvestri estimates to be complete in the next few months, in conjunction with the creation of township Facebook and Twitter pages.

Doranne Ceccarelli April 14, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Not sure why drilling is always referred to as inevitable. We PT residents would have to sign leases to invite drilling in a residential community. Our family certainly did not ever anticipate living in a community with industrial operations & the accompanying noise, air pollution, environmental degradation, water contamination, fracking spills, explosions. flaring, heavy truck traffic, etc. etc. This Council has not shown much concern about the majority of residents who have NOT signed leases & will have to put up with loss of enjoyment of personal property at the very minimum!!! As for the Farmers who have signed, I & many other residents will NEVER shop at those markets again. I also disagree with Mr. Silvestri's contention that property values will not suffer; they certainly most certainly. will.Who would buy in an upscale community to be exposed to fracking operations?!?!
Andrea Bosco April 14, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Hi Doranne, Just reporting what was said. I understand your concern and your point of view. Thanks for your comments. Andrea
joe April 14, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Andrea, any chance you know what the techinical term " skinnying up " is ?
Andrea Bosco April 14, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Mike basically said they'd like to look at redesigning the road to be more narrow (eliminating turning lanes, etc.), meaning the addition of sidewalks making it more bike- and pedestrian-friendly in the future, including a potential transit line. I don't want to speak for him, so I would inquire any further curiosity to his office! -a
Rob April 27, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Right by Nature is closing their Strip District location this week. How could they possibly be opening a new store in Peters, when they can't keep their only location open?

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