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Oakmont council OKs Speedway project

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 1:16 a.m.

Oakmont Council signaled Speedway LLC to start its development engines on Monday.

That effectively was done when council agreed to a planning commission recommendation and approved Speedway's subdivision and final land development applications.

That effectively clears the way, from the borough's perspective, for the Ohio-based gas station/convenience store chain to begin building a store at 303 Hulton Road.

That's the vacant property formerly occupied by the Lieberth & Sons Dodge dealership, located between Hulton Bridge and the Allegheny Valley Railroad tracks.

When Speedway unveiled its plans last fall, numerous objections were raised from residents living in neighborhoods adjacent to the Speedway development and those who thought the borough didn't need another gas station.

Despite those objections, which were voiced at a public hearing, council found that the zoning permitted such a development as a conditional use.

Council President Nancy Ride said the final land development plans are essentially the same presented to council last fall with some adjustments made for items such as driveway widths.

Speedway officials previously said the $3 million development will take about three months to build once it receives permits required by PennDOT.

Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or tyerace@tribweb.com.

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