Wal-Mart gives up on Kilbuck development

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said today it will not develop the former Dixmont State Hospital property in Kilbuck where a massive landslide halted a planned shopping plaza construction and closed Route 65 a year ago.

Wal-Mart said its revised stabilization plan will return the hillside to a pre-development, natural sloping condition that includes trees and vegetation.

Wal-Mart officials met with the state Department of Environmental Protection yesterday to discuss the submission of a new site stabilization plan that will incorporate the changes.

The retailer said the revised plans address many of the concerns expressed by the DEP, elected officials and the public about future development of the 75-acre site along the Ohio River.

Wal-Mart said it will continue to explore "other opportunities for growth throughout the greater Pittsburgh area."

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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