Hempfield seeks demo of homes on property of possible future park

Megan Tomasic, The Tribune-Review, Greensburg
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Feb. 23—Two homes located on land owned by Hempfield Township could be demolished if an application is approved, making way for possible future development.

Township supervisors on Monday unanimously voted to authorize an application to the Westmoreland County Demolition Program for the demolition of the homes located on land along Route 136 near Hempfield Area High School. The parcel was previously designated as a possible park.

"Both buildings are single-family residential structures in varying states of disrepair," Aaron Siko, director of parks and recreation, said via email. "If the applications are approved by Westmoreland County, these parcels would be demolished to eliminate future safety issues, and clear the land for potential future use."

The homes are located at 113 Sterling Run Lane and 4377 Route 136.

According to Siko, the township is committing $500 to the demolition of each structure, per application requirements. A total cost for the demolition of each home was not immediately known.

Township supervisors discussed the possibility of building a park on the 17-acre parcel as well as another park on a 4-acre parcel at Walden Court, close to West Hempfield Elementary School.

Over the past few years, officials gathered public input and released possible renderings for what the sites could look like, although township leaders at the time stressed that is not a commitment to build, but a way to see if the sites are feasible for development.

Designated as Spartan Community Park, plans for the Route 136 parcel call for an inclusive playground and spray pad, outdoor classrooms and nature education, sports courts like basketball and pickleball, pavilions and picnic spaces along with a garden and art sculptures.

If approved, the project would be completed in three phases, costing more than $4.4 million.

According to renderings for the Walden Court site, that park could consist of wetlands, play areas and pathways. The wetlands area, which would work as stormwater control, would be in the middle of the lot. Raised platforms and walkways would connect to a perimeter walkway.

Three passive play areas with pavilions and picnic spaces, along with "nature-based" play activities, are shown in initial plans.

If approved, the project would be completed in two phases, costing almost $800,000.

Full conceptual plans for both parks can be viewed on the township's website, hempfieldtwp.com, under the Parks & Recreation tab.

Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, mtomasic@triblive.com or via Twitter .