Walmart's plans move forward in Moon

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Moon supervisors have approved several development-related agreements for the proposed Walmart Super Center at the site of the former West Hills Shopping Center on University Boulevard at Brodhead Road.

Walmart won approvals July 31 from the supervisors for the development agreement, stormwater agreements and easement agreements. Supervisor Frank Sinatra was absent.

Moon manager Jeanne Creese said the development agreement specifies the standards and conditions that will govern the development of the property, which has been cleared of all buildings.

"We're getting towards the end of a six-year project," Walmart attorney Jeff Wilhelm of Reed Smith LLP in Pittsburgh said. He did not specify any time period for construction.

Moon solicitor Tim Bish said the time period for construction begins with a commencement notice and that the work must be done within two years after the notice is issued.

Supervisors approved agreements requiring traffic improvements, including traffic signals, crosswalks and crosswalk safety devices.

Easement agreements that were approved addressed where these structures would be placed either on private property or within state or township road right of ways along University Boulevard and Beaver Grade Road.

In other action:

• Supervisors approved an agreement with St. Margaret Mary Church and the Diocese of Pittsburgh for a pedestrian crosswalk including handicapped-accessible ramps with sidewalks that will be constructed on church property between Beaver Grade and Sharon roads.

• The Noble Woods town home developer, First City Co., has offered to dedicate a 4.4-acre parcel adjacent to the golf course to the township. The development is on Hookstown Grade Road. Ms. Creese said the property would become open space.

• The parks and public works departments soon will have a Global Positioning System at a cost of $9,999 to locate areas where stormwater systems discharge into streams, lakes and wetlands. It also will be used to map trails.

• Robert Morris University is proposing a shuttle stop near the Carnot fire station for a shuttle that would transport students between campus and Yorktown Hall, the former Holiday Inn on University Boulevard that is being converted into a dormitory. The stop would be only for RMU students, faculty and staff.

Renee Cavalovitch, the university's general counsel, and Beth Baic, the university's assistant director of business operations, told supervisors July 31 that the shuttle route would be University Boulevard, Beaver Grade Road and through the parking lots of the volunteer fire department, Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald's.

Supervisors said they would monitor how the stop is working before asking Lamar Advertising to install a bus shelter. Lamar has a contract with Moon to install bus shelters, which carry advertisements.

Marvin Eicher, supervisors chairman, said he wants to make sure the university shuttle stop doesn't interfere with fire department operations.


Kim Lawrence, freelance writer:


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