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Developer plans commercial plaza at 'Tykes Corner' in Monroville

Dillon Carr
| Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, 2:27 p.m.
This former gas station at Stroschein Road and William Penn Highway is in the process of being sold to a developer.
Dillon Carr | For the Tribune-Review
This former gas station at Stroschein Road and William Penn Highway is in the process of being sold to a developer.

A developer plans to construct a 10,000-square-foot building at Stroschein Road and William Penn Highway after purchasing the property that used to house a Citgo gas station and is now an auto repair business.

Steve Panko of Chicago-based Key Development Partners said he expects to close on the purchase in the next few months. Three businesses will occupy space in the building. Mattress Firm and Infinity Wireless have committed to becoming tenants, an engineer for the developer said during a recent Monroeville planning commission meeting.

“We'll have tenants turned over by summer, and we'll be open by fall,” Panko said.

The property was tested for contaminants after three underground gasoline storage tanks were removed from it in 2015. Test results showed no significant groundwater or surface soil contamination, but revealed “slightly elevated” levels of the toxic substance benzene where a diesel fuel tank had been, according to David Perry of American Geoscience, which did the testing.

“It was a very localized soil issue, and the contaminant has not migrated off-site. There are no human health concerns,” Perry said.

Perry said a barrier will be installed during construction to prevent the chemical's vapors from escaping the ground.

Key Development has received approval for its project from the Monroeville council and is in the process of obtaining state and local permits needed for construction.

Auto repair shop owner Mark Tyke said he will move his business to another spot in Monroeville after his building is sold.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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