Despite council’s approval of a set of conditions Speedway must meet before the gas and convenience store may be built along Hulton Road, a majority of people who attended a special meeting Monday in Oakmont were left unhappy, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports.
The controversial gas station is slated to be located near Hulton Road’s intersection with Third Street at the former Lieberth and Sons car dealership.
Plans for the Speedway have been met with resistance in the borough, with residents fearing the gas station could create additional traffic, increased crime and other safety concerns, particularly with students from Riverview High School, which is located across the street from the site, crossing the busy road to get to the convenience store.
In September, hundreds of residents purportedly signed a petition opposing the facility in Oakmont, the Trib reports.
According to the Trib, the conditions mapped out before council will approve Speedway’s preliminary land development application include:
- Developers must pay for a traffic light to be installed at the intersection of Hulton Road and Third Street to help alleviate traffic snarls and provide motorists turning into the gas station from the Hulton Bridge with a left arrow.
- Vehicles exiting the Speedway would be required to turn right, toward the bridge.
- The developers will widen the right-hand turn back onto Hulton Road with 35 additional feet of pavement to accommodate delivery tanker truck service.
- Developers may only install no more than 14 gas pumps, or seven fuel islands, rather than eight as originally intended.
- The gas station may only operate from 5 a.m. to midnight for the first six months. After that, Speedway may be granted rights to 24-hour service.
(For a full list of the conditions placed on Speedway, LLC as part of their conditional use application, click on the PDF attached to this article.)
For those concerned residents living near the gas station, officials said the developers would be required to make road improvements to Third Street, Woodland Avenue and Morris and Potomac streets, the Trib reports.
Developers also must install decorative fencing and sidewalks where the property meets Hulton Road.