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Chevron envisions Moon site

| Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Chevron has signaled in zoning documents that it intends to build a regional headquarters to oversee its Marcellus shale gas drilling operations on a 61-acre site it has acquired in Moon despite maintaining that it won't make a decision until next year.

In an application for a rezoning of the site, which the company filed in September, it said the proposed campus that Chevron anticipates to be constructed there would be the regional headquarters for Chevron's Appalachian-Michigan Business Unit, which manages the company's natural gas production assets in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan.

The Moon Planning Commission has approved the rezoning from highway commercial to business park. The change still must be approved by the township supervisors, who plan to hold a public hearing on Nov. 6.

The application outlines plans for a headquarters campus that would include 414,000-square-foot office building, a 123,000-square-foot commons building, a 44,250-square-foot technical center, a garage with 1,200 parking stalls and a 23,000-square-foot freestanding central plant facility.

Chevron said in its zoning application that it foresees the campus including, among other things, conventional business office space, a visitors welcome center, a gym and an employee dining facility.

Chevron spokesman Trip Oliver said on Thursday that the company still hasn't decided whether the site will be its regional headquarters. He said a decision won't be made until the second quarter of 2014.

“Chevron filed a request with Moon officials to have the site rezoned to accommodate a potential headquarters campus there,” he said. “The change would permit Chevron if it decides to place a regional headquarters there, to obtain the necessary permits for construction.”

Sam Spatter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7843 or sspatter@tribweb.com.

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