Property eyed for cottage along Allegheny
The Derrick,10/26/01 By JUDITH O. ETZEL
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THE POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENT IS UNUSUAL BECAUSE IT IS THE
FIRST BUILDING PROJECT ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE RIVER.
A Pittsburgh resident is
eyeing a property along the Allegheny River at the Oil City city limits for a
What makes the possible
development unusual is that it is the first building project of any kind on that
side of the river stretching from Oil City several miles north to the Oleopolis
community. The southern side of the Allegheny in that stretch is chock full of
C. Arthur West III of
Glenshaw, a Pittsburgh lawyer and real estate agent, is having a road bulldozed
from Oak Grove Street down the hillside to a river bank spot opposite Alcorn
Island. He recently purchased the tract from Steven and Noreen Oliver and Mary
Lou and Keith Boyd, at one time involved in the Oliver Manor housing project
just up over the hill.
Excavation crews from
Bert Klapec Inc. have been working for the past several weeks to create a wide
roadway leading from Oak Grove Street near Calvary Cemetery down to the river.
Some excavation work has been done, too, at the bottom of the hill near the
Although the property is
within the city limits, city officials said they are unaware of exactly what the
project is and how extensive it might be. A housing development along that
hillside, which city engineer Chris Sporer described as "right at the city
line," could conceivably be hooked up to city water and sewage services
from the Siverly end.
However, West, who was
in Oil City on Wednesday to check on the progress of the work, said he has no
plans to develop the property other than to perhaps build a summer cottage.
"I'm just cutting
in a road to have access to the river for my personal use. I may build a summer
home, a cottage, there but I've not made that decision yet," West said.
The Allegheny River's
northern shoreline is devoid of cottages or any other buildings from the Siverly
neighborhood in Oil City upstream to Oleopolis. The southern side of the river
has several communities, starting with Rockmere just outside the city in
Despite reports that the
hillside tract is being considered for a residential housing project, West said
that is not in the works.
"I have no plans to
build houses there. It would be nice, though, to have a cottage there because
it's so beautiful," West said. He has owned river frontage up from the
former Oliver property for 10 years but had no road access to it. His latest
purchase, priced at $35,000, was made last summer.
West has business
interests in Venango County. He is a third-generation real estate business owner
and has an office, West Real Estate, in Emlenton.