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Speedway LLC looks to add more stores in McKeesport area

| Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, 4:16 a.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
The Striffler family's Dravosburg funeral home was eyed as a possible location for a Speedway convenience store. The family announced this week, however, that Speedway 'elected not to pursue their plans' and a funeral home will remain open on the site.

Speedway LLC reportedly is on its way to adding convenience stores in White Oak and North Versailles Township to the outlet recently opened in McKeesport.

A store will not be built on the site of the Striffler family's Dravosburg funeral home along Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard and Bettis Road.

“Speedway was interested in our Dravosburg property,” Sue Striffler Galaski confirmed this week. “They have elected not to pursue their plans. We have no agreement in effect with Speedway or anyone to alter this property's present use as a beautiful community funeral home.”

Dravosburg borough engineer David Gilliland said Speedway had problems with the location.

“There are no sewers in that area,” Gilliland said. “They'd have to put in a pump station.”

Speedway failed to provide an acceptable plan to meet PennDOT standards for traffic along Pittsburgh-McKeesport, Bettis and borough-maintained Luscombe Lane.

Speedway's corporate spokesman had little to say.

“It remains too early in the process to provide comment,” Eugene L. Freeman said in an email from the company's Enon, Ohio, headquarters.

Company representatives are talking to officials in Mon-Yough communities, and demolition crews are getting ready in at least one area.

“I spoke to the reps from Speedway. They are looking at a March 2014 starting date,” North Versailles code enforcement officer Allen R. Wagner said in an email this week.

Speedway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp., plans a store across Route 30 from a plaza anchored by Giant Eagle, on a lot at the corner of Route 30 or Lincoln Highway and Luehm Avenue.

Two houses would be demolished, as well as some smaller structures that once were part of a motel.

In White Oak, Speedway plans a store on the former Bob Massie car dealership sites at 1188 and 1200 Long Run Road.

The borough's planning commission gave a favorable recommendation last month to consolidation of the two lots. Borough council could vote on it Monday night.

On Thursday night at 7:30, White Oak Zoning Hearing Board will consider Speedway's request for a variance from driveway requirements.

Borough officials said PennDOT suggested a variance that would allow entrance and exit at a traffic signal at the nearby juncture of Long Run and Cool Springs roads.

Speedway has 1,470 outlets throughout the Midwest and South. Speedways can be found in Youngstown and Steubenville in Ohio and Wheeling and Clarksburg in West Virginia.

Five outlets have been opened in Pennsylvania — one as Gas America in Squirrel Hill, two in Monroeville, one in Robinson Township and one in McKeesport.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1967, or