Giant Eagle hopes to open the new GetGo along McKnight Road, on the property that Demor's Lincoln Mercury car dealership formerly occupied, before the end of the year, said its director of real estate development and construction, Pat Avolio.
Avolio spoke Monday before the Ross Township Board of Commissioners, which approved, 9-0, the site plan for the construction of the convenience store and gas station, which will be at 7675 McKnight Road.
"I would anticipate having the highway occupancy permit by early summer and being open before the end of the year," he said.
He said the business expects to hire 20-30 people, the majority of whom will be part-time.
Ross Township Commissioners also on Monday:
* Approved, 9-0, an ordinance authorizing the installation of a stop sign on Marmion Drive at the interstection with Sunderland Drive.
* Approved, 9-0, St. Sebastian Parish's request to use the township's vacant lot across from the church on Siebert Road for additional parking for its annual parish festival, July 7-14. The board also approved, 9-0, the church's request to install banners advertising the festival across McKnight Road at the intersection of McKnight and Siebert roads and across Siebert Road between the post office and Starbucks.
* Approved, 9-0, the owners of Backyard Sports' requests for a youth flag football league, agreeing to waive $600 in fees for use of the Ross Township ball fields on Sundays and agreeing to provide free use of the concession stand on the condition that the business put down a $100 deposit and acquire the necessary Allegheny County Health Department certifications.
Richard Pilardi, who has the family-owned business with his wife, asked for the fee waivers and use of the concession stand in exchange for work he has put into maintaining John Herb Field at the Ross Township Community Center.
* Introduced an ordinance that would establish a minimum 10 percent township commissioners contribution toward their health insurance costs.
The ordinance, if enacted, would take effect Jan. 1, 2014, for commissioners in Wards 2, 4, 6 and 8; and Jan. 1, 2016, for commissioners in Wards 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.
In the meantime, Commissioner Chris Eyster, who has been advocating for reform of the township's policy toward providing health insurance to its elected officials since the fall, asked the township manager to send out a form that, if each of the commissioners sign, would immediately institute the 10 percent contribution.
He said the commissioners agreed to contribute 10 percent toward their health care costs as a compromise reached in executive session.
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