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Delmont gas station plan still on hold

| Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 9:48 p.m.

Plans to bring a Speedway gas station to Delmont are on hold after Marathon officials postponed a zoning hearing board request, borough officials said.

Solicitor Dan Hewitt said last week that Speedway officials asked to not meet in January regarding a request to allow the company to use a commercial property along Route 66 near West Pittsburgh Street as a gas station.

“We don't know what's going to happen,” Council President Jim Bortz said. “All we know is it's on hold. We haven't heard from Speedway or Marathon.”

Council in November rejected the site plan for a 4.5-acre gas station and a request for an extension on the plans at the recommendation of the borough planning commission. However, the zoning hearing board request — which was submitted in mid-October — still is outstanding.

The Speedway plans met with consternation from local residents, who said they didn't want a “truck stop” near a residential neighborhood. Borough officials likened the plans to ones for a Sheetz or GetGo.

Hewitt said the company hasn't withdrawn the zoning request and have not resubmitted plans.

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

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