ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A group of residents in Ross Township is saying no to a proposed housing development that would add dozens of new homes.

Residents are concerned about the elimination of green space and the addition of traffic.

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Nearly 20 acres of undeveloped land sits on a ridge above St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church.

The church, which owns the property, has agreed to sell two-acres of it to a developer who is hoping to build 30 new homes at the end of Colwyn Drive.

The plan was the hot topic at the Ross Township planning board meeting Thursday night.

“Increased traffic flow would be of great concern to the residents who live there and the children who walk to get the school bus,” said Irv Portnoy, a resident.

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Residents of Bradford Estates, which borders the property, have concerns.

They say the new housing plan would eliminate precious green space, and it may be too much for the area to handle.

“We have an infrastructure which was put in place in the early ‘60s, which is barely capable or capable at all of handling storm water drainage,” Portnoy said.

If the plan is approved by the township, development of the land would begin next summer with homes built in the fall.

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