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Some South Fayette residents oppose proposed grocery store

| Friday, April 21, 2017, 2:21 p.m.

Construction of a new grocery store in South Fayette took one small step toward becoming a reality, much to the displeasure of some residents living near the site.

Commissioners last week unanimously voted to advertise the rezoning of 6.6 acres at the entrance of Bursca Business Park, off of Washington Pike. The board is scheduled to vote on the rezoning at its May 10 meeting.

Burns & Scalo Real Estate, which owns the property as well as Bursca Park, are seeking a zoning change from business to commercial to allow for an unidentified grocery store.

At a public hearing last month, James Scalo, president of Burns & Scalo, said he also was approached to build a seven-story hotel on the site. The hotel would fit under current zoning, but also is opposed by nearby residents.

Scalo told the board then that the land will be developed, but he would prefer the 36,000-square-foot grocery store.

“I think it's the right thing for the neighborhood,” he said last month.

The hotel-versus-supermarket scenario had some residents of nearby Freedom Drive South facing a choice of the lesser of two evils.

“We have been left with the feeling that whatever is going to happen is inevitable,” said Freedom Drive South resident Joan Doty.

One commissioner said he thought a commercial zone might offer more for the township.

“I personally think we have more control over it if it is commercial,” board President Joe Horowitz said.

Eric Eisert is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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