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New shopping center, hotel proposed in South Fayette

| Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, 11:57 a.m.

Plans for a shopping center at Route 50 and Hickory Grade Road in South Fayette will go before township commissioners next month.

Planning commission members recommended the final subdivision plan to subdivide the former St. Anthony Church site into three lots. South Fayette Commons would include a one-story retail building, a yet-to-be-identified restaurant, Dunkin' Donuts and Washington Financial bank.

Scott Luedtke, a partner with South Fayette Realty Partners, said four or five tenants would be in the retail space. Luedtke said he could not name them or the potential restaurant, because agreements are pending.

Planning commissioner Greg Uhrlen said he was concerned about traffic in the area, but a consulting engineer for the planning commission wasn't worried.

“The uses seem to coordinate with each other. I don't think this plan will cause additional pain on Hickory Grade Road,” said Don Housley, manager of RF Mitall and Associates.

Housley said the plan does not warrant a traffic signal at the intersection of Old Pond and Hickory Grade roads.

In a separate request, planning commission members reviewed plans for a Fairfield Inn and Suites along Hickory Grade Road. The five-story hotel would be built where the now-closed Knights Inn is located.

The hotel would be five stories and have 94 rooms. The planning commission recommended approval with several minor changes, such as lighting behind the building and having storm sewer maintenance addressed in the developer's agreement.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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