Purchase of the Tap Club Property:

We are working several things in parallel towards the purchase and development of the property.

Subdivision:  Right now, the Tap Club owns one parcel of land.  For us to purchase a portion of that, it needs to be subdivided into two parcels of land. The property has been surveyed and a Subdivision Plan developed.  The plan has been reviewed by Stowe Township and Allegheny County.  Both government entities had comments on the plan but approved the plan, assuming those comments would be incorporated.  The requested changes have been made and the plans are back with the reviewers. The plan is also with the Tap Club for their review and signatures.  We intend to sign that at their June board of directors meeting.Once it’s signed, we will record the subdivision plan with the county and the Tap Club will own two parcels and they can sell us the piece that we need.

Site Development Plan:  We need to cut a driveway into our piece of the property, excavate for footers and the parking lot and put up a building.  This requires a detailed site development plan that also requires approval by the Township and County.The plan has been developed and submitted for review.  Again the Township had a few comments and requests for additional information.  Those have all been satisfied and the Township has given us final approval of the site plan.  Allegheny County also had comments, which have been addressed.  We still need to have a public meeting with the county on this, but we don’t expect any difficulties. 

Conditional Use Application:  The property is zoned as R-1 “Single Family Residential”.  A Public Recreational Facility, like our curling club, is a conditional use for this zoning classification.  We need approval by the Stowe Township Board of Commissioners for this conditional use. We have filed the conditional use application, addressed the comments they had on the application, have been to several meetings with the commissioners on this topic and received preliminary approval. Final approval for Conditional Use should come at the township public meeting in June.

Building and Ice Design: The design committee continues to work on the details of our building.  

Key features of the design include: 

  • Elevated viewing – the warm room will be about 4 feet higher than the ice.
  • Restrooms, locker rooms, kitchen and broomstacking located to the side of the ice. – reduces congestion in the viewing area.
  • Isolated entrance vestibule and coat room
  • Utilize a Phased approach to construction

Phase 1 will consist of:  The building itself, the ice shed where we will curl, the rest rooms and everything else that is required for us to obtain an occupancy permit.  Anything not included in phase 1 will be done later, as we continue to raise the necessary funds.

We are currently breaking the site preparation and building construction tasks into manageable pieces to either subcontract out or to be performed by PCC volunteer labor.  If anyone in the club has a unique skillset related to construction, please contact Steve Buffington at president@pittsburghcurlingclub.com.

Finance Committee: Next up for the Finance Committee is to market the Building Naming Rights and to pursue several grant opportunities. The Finance Committee has regularly scheduled meetings which are listed in the club calendar.

Fund = Build = Curl