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GetGo store with beer, gas station moves ahead in Forward Township

| Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 3:06 a.m.

Forward Township supervisors have approved a development agreement for the proposed construction of a GetGo convenience store and gas station along Route 51.

Plans for the store, which would sell beer and be built at the site of the old Paydays supermarket, have been in the works for at least two years.

The agreement requires that developers make infrastructure improvements and post a $12,750 bond for storm water system upgrades, plus 15 percent of the total construction cost of the project, township Solicitor Matt Racunas said.

The township had issued a similar agreement to GetGo last fall but the company had not returned it because of GetGo obtaining a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT, according to township officials.

Racunas said the convenience store — which is operated by Giant Eagle — has obtained the necessary permits from the transportation department and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

There is still no word on when the project will begin. The old supermarket has yet to be demolished.

Supervisor Tom DeRosa noted at the meeting, “(The developer's) time frame never seems to come to reality.”

In other business, township officials said the municipality has no immediate plans to change its ordinance regulating gas exploration and pipeline projects.

Adopted in March, the ordinance stipulates procedures that gas companies must follow when drilling wells, conducting geological tests for gas and laying pipe to ship gas and other chemicals.

DeRosa said officials from Sunoco — which is building a pipeline that stretches from a processing plant in Houston, Washington County, to a distribution point in Delmont, Westmoreland County, that crosses the township — have questioned a $10 million liability bond requirement in the ordinance.

DeRosa said company officials told him that is about double the typical bonding requirement. DeRosa said he does not know if that is accurate and asked Racunas to examine the matter.

Racunas said he had not spoken with Sunoco officials about the bonding requirement but said “nothing is being changed” where the ordinance is concerned.

Supervisors hired Michael Ault as a part-time township police officer. Ault was in the Marines from 2002-2007 and also works for police departments in Oakdale and Hanover Township.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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