Proposed Oakmont gas station gets thumbs down
Oakmont Council sought public input Monday on a proposed gas station/convenience store, and it was a collective thumbs down.
More than 80 residents packed council chambers for a public hearing on the proposed Speedway development. It would be located at the former Lieberth and Sons Dodge/Chrysler care dealership along Hulton Road near the bridge. The property is now vacant.
At least a dozen residents spoke, and not one of them voiced support for granting a conditional use for the estimated $3 million development.
Council President Thomas Milberger said that the earliest council would likely make a decision would be in August.
Jonathan Wocher, the planner who designed the development for Ohio-based Speedway chain, outlined the development that features:
• 3,900-square-foot convenience store/restaurant of masonry construction that will operate 24 hours;
• eight fuel dispenser islands with a total of 16 pumps;
• three in-ground storage tanks that will hold a total of 44,000 gallons of fuel;
• four entrances/exits including one on busy Hulton Road, one on Third Street and two on Woodland Avenue, which bounds the rear of the property;
• a brick pillar and decorative metal fence barrier with landscaping on the interior to screen the property along Hulton Road;
• landscaped areas on all four sides, with 21 trees and 68 shrubs;
• LED lighting on the canopy that does not shine light beyond the property;
• 30 to 40 employees, who will be hired locally.
Wocher said that the Speedway plan meets or exceeds Oakmont's requirements for things such as setbacks, landscaping and the size and height of the Speedway sign. He said the property is “surrounded by commercial zoning.”
“We think we will provide an amenity to Oakmont residents as well as the motoring public,” Wocher said. “We have a project that we feel should be approved.”
The plan was presented in May to the planning commission, which recommended it with certain recommendations or conditions including a review of Speedway's traffic study and a reduction in hours of operation.On the matter of traffic accessing and exiting the site, there were concerns voiced by both residents and borough officials.
Wocher said the plan was developed with access by customers and access by fuel trucks as a primary focus.
He said the idea is for trucks to turn left into the property from Hulton Road, exit by turning left onto Woodland, then left again onto Third Street and finally left onto Hulton Road in order leave town via Allegheny Avenue.
“We expect that we would have at most one (fuel) truck deliver per day, probably every day-and-a-half,” Wocher said.
However, residents were concerned that the additional traffic generated by Speedway would make it more dangerous for students from Riverview High School, which sits across the street, to cross Hulton Road on foot. Other residents questioned problems with trucks navigating the narrow streets around the property.
Several residents said that another gas station was not what Oakmont needed.
“A food store would be much better,” said Richard Williams of Summit Street.
“I'd like to keep our little corner of Oakmont peaceful and not have a 24-hour gas station,” said Sandra Wilkinson of Huston Road.
Karen Graff, owner of Oakmont Martial Arts said, “It doesn't solve a need for the community. I very much support bringing in business to our community. But I would like to see something that we don't already have.”
Dave Fawcett of California Avenue, a former council member, urged council to negotiate hard with Speedway on all terms of the development. He suggested considering a reduction in the number of gas pumps.
Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Winfield man is one of a few to attend all 49 Super Bowl games
- Springdale puts limits on adult businesses
- Burrell students embark on educational adventure
- Corps asks more input on nuclear dump plans
- Penn State New Ken celebrates ‘Unity Day’
- Plum’s 1st property tax hike since 2006 could reach 6.2%
- Plum School Board OKS teachers contract
- Woman killed in Washington Township crash
- Harrison man retiring to end 20-year NFL officiating career
- Apollo officials interested in finding permanent home
- New Kensington-Arnold School District considers bond issue