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Speedway convenience store plans advance in White Oak

| Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, 3:11 a.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Speedway's planned White Oak operation will be similar to its first McKeesport area convenience store along E. Fifth Avenue.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Speedway seeks to build a convenience store on two lots where Bob Massie formerly had an automobile dealership along Route 48 in White Oak.

White Oak Zoning Hearing Board gave conditional approval to variances that will allow Speedway LLC to operate a convenience store on the former Bob Massie dealership properties along Long Run Road.

Speedway's engineers were told at the end of Thursday's meeting that they would have to provide a lighting plan, get a highway occupancy permit, complete the reverse subdivision of the two Massie properties and provide rear access — as the engineers promised — to next-door neighbor Singer Glass.

It was the second approval for Speedway's planned 3,900-square-foot store on 2.13 acres and the reverse subdivision, which got a favorable recommendation last month from the borough's planning commission.

It is similar to the Speedway that recently was built along Route 148 in McKeesport.

The next and final step for the White Oak Speedway is up to borough council. Councilman Charles Davis expects a vote on the plans at the Feb. 16 meeting.

“I really see no problem with what he is proposing,” neighbor James Singer said of the access he will get around the rear of the new store in the plan proposed by Glenn Wolfe, EADS Group's senior project manager.

Wolfe requested variances for a service station in a C-2 zoned location with driveways less than 100 feet apart and a 30-foot-tall goal-post sign that will be 16 square feet larger than the borough's 150-square-foot limit.

Wolfe and Singer pointed out that the situation is no different than Massie's driveway being within 100 feet of another on the boundary between the dealer's lots and Singer's property.

Singer said it will be easier for his trucks to go through the Speedway property and make left turns at the red light at Long Run and Cool Springs roads.

Wolfe said the new store will have:

• Twenty-two parking spaces, nine more than required, with two for handicapped.

• A full stormwater disposal system permitted by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Wolfe said Speedway has applied for a federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

• Underground tanks that will be above the 100-year flood plain.

While there was no objection raised to the plan, the board spent a lot of time in an executive session that delayed the start of the meeting by 17 minutes. The board took another 27-minute recess before the vote to approve the variances.

The Zoning Hearing Board reorganized prior to the hearing on Speedway. David Preece remains chairman. Keith Reigh is secretary Jayme Burgman seconded each election.

The board chose Thomas M. Castello as solicitor.

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