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Delmont to decide next month on Speedway's future

| Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

The Delmont Zoning Hearing Board will decide in January if Speedway has any future along Route 66 in the borough.

The board will meet in January to decide whether to grant Marathon Petroleum's request to use a 4.5-acre lot along Route 66, near West Pittsburgh Street, as a gas station. A developer must get permission from the zoning board to use the property for a gas station, borough Solicitor Dan Hewitt said.

Council rejected a controversial plan to build a Speedway gas station and convenience store last month. Officials indicated that the plan did not meet more than 40 requirements outlined in the borough's planning code.

If the zoning board approves the use application, Speedway developers can submit a revised site plan for consideration.

A Marathon spokesman said company officials have agreed to wait until January for the decision. He did not return an email asking if the company would reapply.

Hewitt said the date of the zoning board meeting has not yet been set.

Ohio-based Speedway is in the process of strengthening its presence in the region. It already has a gas station on Route 22 in Monroeville, about a mile from the Murrysville border, and Penn Township officials are considering a plan to build a Speedway near the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Route 130.

There also have been proposals to build Speedway stations in Unity Township and New Stanton in recent months.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627.

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