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Heartland Homes Buys Highland Country Club

The financially troubled club has been closed since October, 2011.

Heartland Homes confirms it has purchased the former in Ross Township. 

“We are beginning the early planning stages of how it may be developed,” said Adam Packard, Marketing Manager for Heartland Homes.  “At this time there is no release date, pricing, product mix to announce.” 

Packard did not have details of the purchase price of the 118-acre site on Highland Avenue, which includes a swimming pool, restaurant, and clubhouse. 

The financially troubled club closed October 3, 2011 and had been the subject of . 

Slovak Savings Bank on California Avenue in Pittsburgh's North Side foreclosed on the property in February. According to court papers, the bank had been seeking more than $2 million, including $1.6 million in outstanding principal on the club’s mortgage, $182,000 in attorney fees and $130,000 in interest.  

According to the Allegheny County real estate web site, county taxes have not been paid since 2009 and the club owes the county $21,098 for 2010 through 2012.

J&J Holdings HCC LP purchased the property from a group of longtime members for $1,346,454 in December 2009. The 2012 county assessed value is $1,400,000. 

J&J Holdings is a partnership of Jeff Cuny, 46 of Cranberry, and Jeff Garbinski, 43, of Franklin Township. 

Garbinski, as part of a plea agreement, pleaded guilty in November to stealing from the club. He was sentenced to spend 18 months on house arrest followed by two years probation and ordered to pay $174,088 in restitution.

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MMc June 30, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Maybe they will pattern it after the Venango Trails housing plan concept (NA) with more "historic home", walking trails, ponds, etc
Lmono July 01, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I agree with including a carriage home option for the middle age/retirement lifestyle. We need this desperately in the North Hills! Keep the clubhouse and pool for the community. Walking trails/greenspace a plus!
amy mcdonald July 22, 2012 at 04:25 PM
i hope that they make it affordable carriage homes, reasonable size something that the local people in surrounding communities can afford when they sell their homes. priced under 215 to start. this will allow us empty nesters to at least have a chance and be able to sell our homes to familes who could enjoy them.
Computer Jim August 01, 2012 at 08:15 PM
If they build stand alone carriage homes we will be the first to buy one. Jim & Deb
Richard Cook October 28, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Message from J. Wenzel: I don't know how businesses can slide through not paying their taxes when residents can't. If the township doesn't get the taxes due them, it is the township's fault for not collecting them on time. Why not build townhouses/patio homes for seniors on the former Highland Country Club property. Make it a place where seniors would be proud to live. Check out Chatham Village, Mt. Washington.

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