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Allegheny Township board approves RV sales lot on Route 356

| Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 12:51 a.m.

Cooper's RV Center is getting set to open a new location in Allegheny Township.

Supervisors on Monday night voted 3-0 to give the go-ahead for Keith Conard to open a sales and service location for recreational vehicles along Route 356 where the Trunzo's ice cream stand and recreation complex was once located.

Conard approached the township a little more than a year ago, saying he has outgrown his present location in the Sardis Hill section of Murrysville.

The business has been selling recreational vehicles and campers there since 1951.

Before Conard can open, he has to get a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT, a lighting plan must be submitted to township officials that ensures neighbors won't be bothered and the township and the state Department of Environmental Protection must approve any future excavation.

The property lies partly in the Pine Run flood plain.

Until now, vehicles have merely been stored on the Route 356 site. All vehicles will be at least 30 feet from the highway.

Last year, township supervisors voted to expand the R-3 zoning district to include the Cooper's site.

Resident John Poleski, who lives across from the site, said commercial development should be confined to areas such as the Hyde Park Plaza and the shopping area where Giant Eagle is located.

Officials cited previous businesses in that area such as Trunzo's and Hilltop Auto Glass.

“The topography is perfect for what Keith wants to do,” supervisors Chairwoman Kathy Starr said. “I think it will be an asset.”

No opening date for the business has been established.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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