Plum planning panel OKs warehouse

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 4:12 p.m.

A Murrysville man wants to build a warehouse off New Texas Road to store his company's equipment.

The Plum Borough Planning Commission on Monday night unanimously recommended approval of a site plan for Massarelli Excavating to construct a building off New Texas Road near Wilson Restoration and the borough building.

Robert DeZorzi who works with DCS , a consulting firm in McKeesport, presented the plan to commission members. DeZorzi said Matthew Massarelli wants to build an 80-foot by 140-foot building to store excavation equipment.

The business is located on Universal Road in Penn Hills.

DeZorzi said Massarelli purchased a 16-acre parcel of property at the New Texas Road site for the building.

“He created a level area, and he would like to build there,” DeZorzi said. “The site is graded and ready to go.”

Robert Mitall of R.F. Mitall & Associates Inc., the borough's engineer, said Massarelli has agreed to refrain from disposing demolition waste on the site and has a storm-water management plan that includes a detention pond.

DeZorzi said Massarelli, who was not in attendance at Monday night's meeting, has no plans to store equipment outside the building.

An office also is planned in the warehouse.

Plum Council members are expected to consider the site plan during their 7 p.m. meeting March 11.

DeZorzi said if council approves the plan for the building, construction would be completed in about 30 days.

Also, Ron Gancas is the newest member of the borough planning commission. Gancas replaces Paul DeSabato who resigned last year.

Gancas, 71, a New Kensington native, has lived in Plum for 45 years and retired in June 2011 as president of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland.

“I am retired, and I wanted something to do,” Gancas said of the planning commission position. “And I want to give back to the community.”

Gancas, who was appointed to a four-year term that runs through 2016, is familiar with the process of planning projects. Gancas said as president of Soldiers & Sailors, he oversaw the development of capital projects and refurbishment of the building.

Gancas also would like to see more housing for senior citizens in Plum “to keep seniors here.”

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or

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