Despite a recommended denial from the township’s planning commission, South Fayette commissioners approved the land development plan for a proposed Sheetz convenience store at Bursca Drive and Washington Pike during their Oct. 17 meeting.
The proposed site, adjacent to two restaurants, a salon and beer distributor, will have six double-sided fuel pumps and three entrances, as well as a drive-through.
Residents in the audience were concerned about customer count. Jerrod Crosby, who is with traffic engineering firm Wooster and Associates, said that about two-thirds of those visiting a Sheetz during peak hours are already passing by the area, so the station should not produce a major uptick in traffic.
There is no timeline for construction to begin at the site.
In other motions, commissioners approved the land development plan for a three-story 35,000 square foot self-storage building set for 111 Hickory Grade Road at the former Knights Inn. Bailey Gaffney with Johnson Development was on hand to answer questions about the site. Developers requested a waiver requiring the property have a dumpster to deter patrons from leaving unwanted items.
An ordinance regulating temporary political signs was also unanimously passed. The move requires signs to be placed no sooner than 30 days prior to an election and must be removed three days after.
A proposed pet and kennel ordinance will be advertised. The changes come at the request of a possible Newbury Market tenant. Eric Newhouse, project manager, said that Pet Palace has locations throughout the Midwest and mid-Atlantic and is interested in being close proximity to Topgolf because of the indication of nearby market and demographics. The South Fayette location would be their first in Pennsylvania.
The township also approved a two-year contract with Comcast to install Wi-Fi and wireless-enabled security cameras at Fairview Park. Comcast will offset a majority of the installation cost as part of the agreement.