Marshall rejects rezoning 4 acres
A developer's request for Marshall to rezone residential property to allow a large convenience store and gas station fell flat this week.
On Monday, the five Marshall supervisors voted unanimously to deny the controversial plan to rezone four acres on Wexford Bayne Road, or Route 910, from suburban residential to planned office, research and business park.
“There is going to be a dividing line between residential and commercial in various places in the township. And again, I'm not saying that a case can't be made that line should be moved, but it's not a decision that should be made on the basis of a property-by-property request for rezoning,” board Chairman Thomas Madigan said on Wednesday.
Franklin Park-based developer Fine Lines Development Services wants to acquire four parcels of property — three are owned by private homeowners and one is vacant PennDOT property — on Wexford Bayne Road.
A convenience store with up to 20,000 square feet of space and gas pumps has been planned for the site, said Fine Lines' Richard Bowen, whose wife, Susan, owns the company.
Sales of the three parcels that contain homes to Bowen Development Services are contingent upon Marshall granting rezoning and other approvals, he said.
Fine Lines is “committed to the project. We just have to see what we can do to make it work, and if it's even possible,” he said.
Some Marshall and Franklin Park residents who opposed the rezoning proposal described it as more potential commercial creep into a heavily residential area.
“It (would) create so much more traffic,” said Marshall resident Ann Bishop, 62, after the board's vote Monday.
Some residents also questioned whether the store would be a Giant Eagle Inc. brand, such as a GetGo gas station and convenience store, and said there were enough Giant Eagle properties in the area.
Giant Eagle has proposed turning a Kings Family Restaurant on VIP Drive into a GetGo, less than half a mile from the Wexford Bayne property that Fine Lines wants rezoned.
Giant Eagle at one time considered the Wexford Bayne property, but it isn't any longer, spokesman Dick Roberts said.
Fine Lines does not have contracts in place with any potential tenants for the Wexford Bayne property, Richard Bowen said.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Museum’s ‘Carnegie Trees’ exhibit shows ‘Winter Wonders’
- More fear ‘tackle’ football too risky for kids
- Decorated World War II veteran gets visit, gift from ex-Steeler