McKeesport funeral home to open crematorium
Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services in McKeesport will have its own crematorium.
The city's zoning hearing board granted the funeral home a variance to build the burner on the side of the building at 220 Ninth St.
The addition will allow the funeral home to perform cremations on-site, instead of taking the deceased to other centers.
City building inspector Chris House said a crematorium is not a permitted use in the commercial zoning district, and therefore the funeral home needed to apply for a variance.
Public hearings were held on March 25 and April 2.
House said no one spoke against a variance at either hearing. The board approved it on April 2.
House said city council does not need to approve the project.
“Whatever system they install will have to comply with the (Allegheny County Health Department) Air Quality Program,” House said.
The program works with residents and businesses to protect public health. More information is available online at www.achd.net/air.
The addition housing the crematorium will be roughly 1,100 square feet.
Funeral home officials deferred comment to owner Chris Odasso, who is unavailable until next week.
Willig Funeral Home has been a staple business in McKeesport since 1927, earning Gold Readers' Choice Awards.
The business was family owned until 1997 when it was purchased by Odasso, who expanded services and opened an on-site monument company.
More information is available online at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com or by calling 412-664-9178.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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