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Delmont Planning Commission turns down request for extension on plans for Speedway store, gas station

| Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 9:12 p.m.

The Delmont Planning Commission voted 4-0 on Thursday to deny a request for an extension to allow Speedway to revise plans to build a convenience store and gas station on Route 66 near a residential neighborhood.

The board also recommended that borough council deny approval for the plan, citing a series of more than 40 issues with the proposal.

“I think (the denial) is a good thing, if it works,” said resident Debbie Carfang. “I live right there next to it and the safety concerns, the noise, it all would affect me.”

The Zoning Hearing Board will meet next month to decide on Speedway's application to use the property as a gas station.

“We don't know what the Zoning Hearing Board is going to do,” said Dan Hewitt, solicitor for the planning commission and borough council. “There's no point in the planning commission evaluating plans until they're final.”

Borough council will meet Nov. 12 to review the plans and the planning commission recommendation.

If council rejects the plans, Speedway can refile its proposal, but would be required to pay any fees a second time.

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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