Residents speak out against plan for Delmont gas station
A group of Delmont residents are adamant in opposing the construction of a gas station and convenience store that they say will create traffic problems.
Almost two dozen residents attended the Sept. 10 Delmont Council meeting to speak out against a proposed Speedway along Route 66 near West Pittsburgh Street.
“This is a disaster for Delmont,” resident Julie Walczer said. “You're going to have traffic all over the place.”
Residents addressed council for nearly 90 minutes at the start of Tuesday's council meeting, stating worries about increased traffic, safety issues and property values.
Council President Jim Bortz said has hasn't seen the plans — they are first reviewed by the borough planning commission before being passed along to council — but Bortz noted that the development is the same size as the Get-Go along Route 22 in Salem. The proposed development would occupy 4.5 acres of an 8-acre lot. It would feature eight gasoline pumps and three diesel pumps.
“This thing should be out on 22 in Murrysville, not here in Delmont,” Walczer said.
Residents accused council of catering to developers, which officials disputed.
Resident Rebecca Killian threatened to sue council members individually if they approve the plan.
“We don't need another service station,” Killian said. “I don't understand how anybody can vote for this. I will be the first one to sue all of you.”
Officials last month agreed to give Speedway developers an extra month to adjust the proposal to meet Delmont's regulations. Solicitor Dan Hewitt said there are at least seven aspects of the plan that need substantial changes before the planning commission will recommend the proposal to council.
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