Share This Page

Chevron targets location in Moon

| Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, 9:49 p.m.

Chevron USA's proposal to build a regional headquarters in Moon would be the largest single development in the township since the former Pittsburgh airport terminal was built in 1952, a township official said.

The population of the mostly middle-class township increased during the past few decades — 24,185 people lived there as of 2010, census figures show. The township experienced a slowdown in commercial development starting in 2008 because of the economic downturn, said Richard Mills, solicitor for Moon Transportation Authority.

The tide is starting to turn, a Moon supervisor said, and a Chevron campus would significantly contribute to that.

“It's going to create jobs for Moon Township. Obviously, a development of this size increases our tax base,” said Marvin Eicher, chairman of the board of supervisors.

Chevron spent $17.5 million to buy two parcels of land along Market Place Boulevard, but a company spokesman said Chevron has not decided about building in Moon.

“I can't tell you when a final decision will be made,” spokesman Trip Oliver said.

Last week, Moon supervisors approved the conditional-use, master site plan and laboratory applications for the first phase of a proposed Chevron Appalachian-Michigan Business Unit headquarters, which manages the company's natural gas assets in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan from leased offices in Moon.

The project would be built on two parcels, including one that is a former Kmart store site, totaling 61 acres.

Chevron has 700 employees working in Moon and Smithfield in Fayette County, Oliver said.

Chevron estimates the headquarters would house about 1,000 workers and the number would grow to about 1,500 employees by 2025, Eicher said.

Oliver would not disclose details of the company's plan.

Eicher cited the Chevron proposal as one of several examples of progress in commercial developments in Moon.

He noted the relocation of a commissary and post exchange from a nearly closed military base in Collier to facilities that will open next year in Moon. And last year, Columbus, Ohio-based Continental Real Estate Cos. and Cranberry-based Chaska Property Advisors Inc. started construction of Pittsburgh International Business Park on 47 acres on Cherrington Parkway that they lease from the Allegheny County Airport Authority, he said.

With more than 700,000 acres in the Marcellus shale, San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron Corp. is the sixth-largest leaseholder, ahead of EQT Corp., Downtown, and Exxon Mobil Corp. in Irving, Texas, according to Wood Mackenzie Ltd., a Scotland-based energy research firm with U.S. headquarters in Houston.

Chevron's proposal indicates the Pittsburgh region's growing dominance in the drilling industry, though it is still developing, experts said.

Pittsburgh's university research centers, cultural district and sports teams draw industry to the region but it needs to build the infrastructure to become a major exporter of gas, said Kurt Rankin, an economist at Downtown-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

“Over the long term ... we're talking 10 years out or more, I do expect Pittsburgh to be the epicenter of natural gas development and shipping,” he said.

Tory N. Parrish is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5662 or tparrish@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.