Work Begins on New McKnight Road GetGo in Ross

The gas station and convenience store is expected to open by the end of the year.

Heavy-duty earthmoving equipment has begun to cut back the hillside behind the former Demor's Lincoln Mercury dealership to make way for a new GetGo at the intersection of McKnight Road and Brown's Lane in .

 has said it hopes at 7675 McKnight Road before the end of the year.

In April, Pat Avolio, Giant Eagle's director of real estate development and construction, told the Ross Township Board of Commissioners he expected the business to hire 20-30 people, the majority of whom will be part-time. 

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Avolio told the Ross planning commission in February that plans for the 2.85 acre site had been modified to address concerns about increased traffic at the intersection of Brown's Lane and McKnight Road.

Avolio said the left turn lane northbound on McKnight Road would be lengthened, Brown's Lane would be widened, and the access to the GetGo from Brown's Lane would be moved farther up the hill away from McKnight Road. In addition, plans for a car wash have been abanonded, and the number of fueling islands has been reduced from nine to eight, with one potentially providing compressed natural gas instead of gasoline.

The company also owns a  nearby at 5603 Babcock Boulevard, and it hopes construction of the new GetGo will alleviate some of the congestion around its Babcock location.

Avolio also told the planning commission the new GetGo would include enough green space, trees, and shrubs to reduce storm water runoff into a 66" culvert which conveys McKnight Run, a tributary to Girty's run.

jane yinzer burgh August 17, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Oh boy, just what McKnightmare Road needs more congestion, more traffic at the lights. They better get with the other communities and think of widening the road and having a middle turning lane.
jane yinzer burgh August 17, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I have a novel idea! Let's all go to Giant Eagle for everything, spend more for everything to get 10 cents off on gas. Brilliant idea, if I may so myself!
kfs August 17, 2012 at 02:36 PM
No matter what goes in there traffic is going to be an issue. I am just glad someone chose to build on a vacant spot along McKnight.
Gary August 17, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I`m not a big fan of Giant Eagle but at least it gives motorists another place to purchase gas on this stretch of McKnight Road.I have always wondered why one of the busiest roads in Pittsburgh lacked more filling stations? I was astonished when the Exxon station folded at the corner of the McKnight/Siebert intersection. You would think that one of the largest oil corporations on Earth would want to have a presence at such a busy crossroads even though it was a "crummy" little facility.
McKnightmare August 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM
In a world where we're suppose to get away from our 'oil dependence', we certainly are building more and more fuel stations. Ironic. Goes to prove my point that we'll never move on to more fuel efficient vehicles. We'll certainly never run out of oil in our lifetime, so why not pump the ground dry.
McKnightmare August 17, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Figures someone would eventually post a comment like this. Your logic is wrong. What if another dealership moved in? I'm very certain that would not cause 'traffic'.
McKnightmare August 17, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Yes, and we all know even if you got 10 cents off every $50 purchase, you're only saving $3 for every 30 gallons, if you manage to squeeze that 30 gallons out. If you think about it, and compare prices in that $50 you spent; you overpaid for various items here and there that add up to well over $3. So in essence, you're not saving on gas at all, you merely 'prepaid' for it.
kfs August 17, 2012 at 05:47 PM
How long has it been empty now? Nothing I like better than driving up and down McKnight Rd looking at an empty building with hodge-podge office furniture strung about. The only dealer that is going to use that small space is a used car dealer. And McKnight Rd needs another car dealer like we need another Giant Eagle. With everything going to McCandless and Wexford you would think that people would be happy that something decided to open in Ross (even if it is another entity of Giant Eagle). I work on McKnight Rd. I travel it six days a week. Yes, it is congested at times, especially at Christmas. But so is Wexford, Cranberry, Robinson, Monroeville, and everywhere. Are we are going to turn away new businesses in Ross because they may bring traffic to our area? I don’t see anyone turning stores away from building at Ross Park Mall even though they do not have adequate parking or in and out access to handle the customers during Christmas or other “Big shopping” days/weekends. If anything the new GetGo will help relieve some of the traffic nightmare at the Babcock location. I am sure when it first opens it will be flooded with people in and out and a mess. After it has been here a month, it won’t be any different than any other intersection on McKnight.
SLR August 18, 2012 at 01:07 AM
McKnight is a six lane thoroughfare with eight lanes at intersections. How many more lanes do you want to pay for? How much private property do you want the state to take to create these additional lanes? Do you really have that much trouble traveling this road? Except for the high season of holiday shopping the road is fine. They did an amazing job resurfacing it with minimal disruptions. A healthy economy creates traffic. Ross is a thriving community.
mlzjcm06 August 18, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Talk about failed logic. The amount of traffic is not going to increase for a gas station. Traffic that is already traveling that road will merely flow in and out of the GetGo location. In addition, the new business will help increase revenues for Ross Township and the North Hills School District. Empty storefronts do neither of those things, so I hope that more businesses move in to fill every empty storefront along McKnight Road. It's also incorrect to believe that more fuel stations increase our oil dependency. That's like saying opening more grocery stores, like Bottom Dollar, will make us fatter. Our inability to car pool, the lack of neighborhood stores within walking distance, our inability to want to walk or bike to those or any store, the cost of hybrids, etc.--these and many more factors increase our oil dependency. The number of gas stations will increase competition, and that is good news for consumers.
McKnightmare August 18, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Ok soccer mom with your revenue for the NHSD-high-horse. You missed my point completely. Who really cares about revenue for the North Hills School District? I don't. I never said that more fuel stations would increase fuel dependency. Either you are retarded (sans Obama supporter), or took a chance to slam a comment I made. I said there is irony for a country that is suppose to support oil independence to build more fuel stations. If you build it, they will come, obviously. Your logic to read has failed. You crossed comments and lumped them in one reply instead of taking time to post separately, per separate persons comment. Oil independency does not mean car pooling or neighborhood stores or hybrids. There is no real competition when it comes to 'gas stations'. Either you buy cheaply made gas from Getgo, or you buy the good stuff at Sunoco.
McKnightmare August 18, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Another person missing the point. You said "No matter what goes in there traffic is going to be an issue". I proved you wrong by merely stating that any business in that spot will not be a traffic issue. It's McKnight, it's business area. There is no increase in traffic, it's whether you want to pull into Getgo or not. Geesh! Who cares how long it's been empty. It's a blur. If a business wants to set up shop, great, if not, who cares? Sit empty. Tired of these local yocals wanting every nook in the area to be at 100% filled.
Suz August 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Wow McNightmare just because you have failed at making believe people your way is the right way, doesn't mean you have to be rude and insulting. I am a longtime Ross resident and let's face it, taxes from homeowners are only one way that both the township and the NHSD generate revenue. We need business' for their tax income. Empty buildings are a blight. Have you ever driven into once flourishing areas and then they are empty? They can be a sign to other business' no one wants to be there and then more decreased revenue. Also, empty building can't depreciate property value and then eventually crime. The problem with the existing get-go and it's location it isn't traffic problems... it's the small size and not enough pumps. If people can get in and out quicker then it's better than the current Ross township location. You should become informed and knowledgeable instead of just opinionated. The fact that you have to respond to everyone who doesn't agree with you, says a lot about you and your character. BTW, I am a proud soccer mom.
Suz August 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM
McKnightmare August 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Suz, you are so off the mark, I don't know where to respond. You are getting way off target. You jumped from one Getgo to another. The other Getgo wasn't the topic of debate. It was increased traffic on Mcknight from the new one. I get your ABC's of revenue. But again, wasn't the topic. And if you want to talk about empty buildings, look at the old Sam's and McCrackin Ford. They've stood empty for years and crime hasn't increased. Property values haven't decreased. Way off the mark lady. This isn't the city. I've seen businesses come and go on McKnight, simmer down, another one will eventually move in. It's ok for some buildings to sit and take a breather, relax, your precious snot nosed school district will get their revenue. Mcknight Road doesn't have to have a full house all the time. That's what wrong with Ross Township people, they think every storefront has to be filled or it's doomsday.
SLR August 18, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Ross is a great community. Other than a few shopping days around Christmas, McKnight Road is a valuable source for shopping, eating, banking and many other amenities. There will always be vacancies. But something new is always opening. And Ross is very convenient to the city and all it has to offer.
Pat August 19, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Your reference to "retarded" is highly offensive. I have a son who is disabled but he has more sense and compassion than you do. You obviously have been living under a rock most of your life.
Richard Cook August 19, 2012 at 01:33 AM
North Hills Patch encourages a spirited exchange of ideas, but not personal attacks. A few of the comments to this story crossed the line. I kindly ask that everyone keep it civil.
McKnightmare August 19, 2012 at 07:19 AM
Pat, retarded is a word, and a valid word. It's to the point. No peRsonal attack, just a gEneral word in a general sense. IT can be used as A noun, a trasitive veRb, and an aDjective. I misunderstood what you mEant. Is your son disabled or retarded, or both? We all have Disabilties. I have no compassion, therefoRe I havE a disability. I accept my disabiliTy, but some don't. And I am ok with it. You must not hAve seen the movie Tropic ThundeR. There is a whole scene deDicated to retardation and acting. I can act retarded and gEt away with it. In fact, I Do so in order to ride the electric carts at Giant Eagle. It sure beats walking, and people smile and are kind to me. I think, and truly feel people are too sensitive anymore. The First Amendment gives me the freedom of speech. And as long as I do not use one of the seven cuss words, my words are as equal as yours. I actually feel that word needs to make a comeback. No words are offensive. When someone says something that they think is offensive to me, I thank them. Ever hear the phrase "You know what I'm sayin'?" ? When I hear that, I actually answer that and say, "Yes, I know what you are saying, you are speaking English." But honestly, I don't think the person really gets that I am poking fun at the phrase (or slang, whichever). They are most likely obtuse anyway.
Nancy Jo Franke Cannon August 19, 2012 at 09:44 AM
Thank you Richard. We can only hope those "crossing the line" would have empathy towards others. Personally I'm thrilled to see more businesses coming into Ross. Bringing new jobs to Ross is a win win for for the Township and their residents. Traffic is traffic and quite frankly I would prefer traveling on McKnight Road, with a few backups on occasion, than sitting on the parkways not moving at all Keep the businesses coming and being proactive Ross.
Kevin Y. August 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Suz, I'm not sure it's wise to be arguing with someone who boasts of their success at feigning a mental disability in order to ride the electric carts at Giant Eagle- the same Giant Eagle this commenter earlier argued was a foolish place to shop for groceries...


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