Business group may reactivate
The long inactive Marshall Township Business Association is being revived.
W.L. Davison, a businessman in the Warrendale section of Marshall, hopes that the association will give township business owners a place to compare notes and work on relevant issues.
“It’s our hope that by reigniting the business association, we can get input from the business community and see what is needed,” Davison said.
The association was started in 1981, when about 30 business owners aligned themselves to, among other things, oppose a building moratorium and address concerns related to sewage and construction in Thorn Hill Industrial Park, Davison said.
However, by 1984, interest in the association had waned, and no meetings were scheduled.
“It was public apathy,” Davison said. “Once everybody had their problem solved, they weren’t interested in the association.”
While the association never officially disbanded, it did not conduct a meeting for the next 18 years.
Now, Davison said, there is a new impetus for restarting the association.
Township officials currently are considering the rezoning of properties along Northgate Drive and portions of Route 19 and Warrendale-Bayne Road.
Davison said that if businesses unite, they can be more certain that their interests are considered when township officials make decisions.
Although the zoning matter is in the forefront, Davison said, the association will take on any issue that interests its members. Those might include taking on beautification projects and coming up with ways to better promote the area.
So far, several of the estimated 80 business owners in the township have expressed an interest in joining the association, Davison said. He is optimistic that an association meeting will be scheduled within the next few months.
Sheldon Stone, owner of The Transportation Station along Route 19, said he plans to join the association.
Stone decided to open his car dealership in the township five years ago and said he would like to see more small businesses move into the area.
“Certainly, as a business person here, I want to see as much business come here as possible,” he said. “I’m not an advocate of turning Marshall into another Cranberry or Wexford, but I do think there’s a place for good development.”
Stone said he thinks one of the association’s biggest roles should be promoting the township as a good place for commercial activity.
“I think it’s the responsibility of the business association to reach out their networking arms and bring in other businesses,” he said.
For more information about the Marshall Township Business Association, call W.L. Davison at (724) 625-6210.