Park-n-ride expected to open next to Sheetz in North Huntington

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Those who ride Westmoreland County Transit Authority buses to Pittsburgh are expected to have a new place to park next month in North Huntingdon.

The transit authority entered into a lease agreement with the owner of the parking lot beside Sheetz on Route 30 at Carpenter Lane, said Lori Brkovich, marketing director for the authority. The empty lot, which is west of Sheetz, was the site of the Tomato Patch Restaurant.

The authority plans to pave the property and open it as a park-n-ride lot Oct. 1.

About 300 commuters will be able to park at the new location, Ms. Brkovich said. The last day commuters will be able to park in the former park-n-ride lot in Norwin Towne Square will be Sept. 30, she said.

The authority needed to find a new location for the park-n-ride lot because of a planned reconfiguration of Norwin Towne Square by Colony Norwin LLC of North Huntingdon.

Joe Spirer, a partner in the firm with Donald Tarosky, said earlier this year that they plan to subdivide Norwin Towne Square into two parcels-- a 21-acre parcel that includes McDonald's, MedExpress and a number of buildings that will be torn down and a 5-acre parcel, where Bob Massie of Bob Massie Toyota in White Oak, will build a new car dealership.

Mr. Spirer said construction on the dealership is expected to begin within a month and be completed within four to six months.

Plans call for the former Scozio's Shop n' Save and the wing of small stores immediately behind it to be demolished. Before the demolition can begin, China Garden, Grande Pizza and Sun Capsule Tanning Salon must move.

The owners of China Garden plan to purchase the former Parkvale Savings Bank along Malts Lane for their restaurant, and Grande Pizza will move into the former Java Trails coffee shop, he said.

Sun Capsule Tanning Salon will move into the arcade portion of the plaza, Mr. Spirer said.

Along the back of the plaza, Z Beer will move into the former Isaly's restaurant just west of the Pizza Hut takeout store, and all stores to the west of the former Isaly's will be razed, he said.

A new grocery store will be built across the back of the plaza, and an additional 5,000 square feet of stores will be built east of the grocery, he said.

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Anne Cloonan, freelance writer:


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