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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.

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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