After more than five hours listening to hundreds of residents’ pleas to keep a Walmart out of their community, McCandless council members late Monday night approved a subdivision and land development plans for a 150,000-square-foot Walmart store that is expected to be built on Blazier Drive, just off McKnight Road.
Attorney Dwight Ferguson, who said he is representing a group of concerned residents, told council he will appeal the decision in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.
According to resident Ken Spears, “Walmart is a tipping point for this community.”
Sale of the property, which includes the 23 acres where Trader Horn, Brewery Outlet and a former Bally’s now stand, is pending and the township’s approval signals another move forward. However, the hundreds of residents who showed up at Carson Middle School’s auditorium loudly protested the company’s plans, citing dangers to the community from increased traffic and crime.
In a 5-2 vote, council members Cynthia Potter and Gerald Aufman both voted against the subdivision plans and land development application. Bill McKim voted to approve the subdivision of the site, but voted against Walmart’s land development application, which passed 4-3.
Jill Cueni-Cohen, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Published July 29, 2014 12:00 AM