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Sewickley Township winery's plan gets approval

| Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

A Sewickley Township winery owner won local approval Wednesday to proceed with his plans for a $1 million project that will give him a new retails sales building containing a banquet hall and a new wine production building.

The Sewickley Township Zoning Hearing Board unanimously approved Gregory Hazuza's request for a special exception to the zoning ordinance to construct the two new buildings on a 29.7-acre parcel zoned for agricultural purposes.

Peter Cherellia, zoning board chairman, said the construction of the buildings for a winery is a permitted use in land zoned for agriculture.

Hazuza said he wants to begin construction the buildings on April 1 and hopes to have a grand opening for the retails sales building on Labor Day weekend.

The 5,472-square-foot retails sales and banquet hall and the 3,200-square-foot wine production building are planned for a hilltop about one-quarter mile from Hazuza's production warehouse along Pinewood Road.

Greenhouse Winery customers are able to sample and buy his wine at his family's greenhouse off the Guffey Rillton Road in Sewickley. Hazuza said in his application that his business is outgrowing that site.

In his application for the zoning approval, Hazuza said he hopes to create between 12 and 15 jobs and to increase wine production to 14,000 gallons this year, from 11,000 gallons last year.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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