North Huntingdon planners postpone Verizon decision |

North Huntingdon planners postpone Verizon decision

A final recommendation on a site plan for a proposed Verizon retail store in North Huntingdon has been pushed back for another month.

North Huntingdon planning commissioners voted Monday night to grant a 30-day extension to WD North Huntingdon Investors, which is planning a 4,800-square-foot Verizon store in a development along Route 30 between Barnes Lake Road and Norwin Avenue.

WD is planning an attached 2,400-square-foot retail business, but hasn’t finalized a tenant.

The plan will be up for review again at the board’s Dec. 6 meeting.

The board and a representative for the developer, Michael Chuparkoff, have been whittling down several issues relating to the site plan over the course of three hearings.

The township once made 52 comments on the site plan, but that number has fallen to about 10 conditions officials want WD to address.

Among the continuing issues last night were board members’ concerns about the size of the development on a lot of about 1.8 acres.

“I think it boils down to the building’s too large for the site,” board member Virginia Stump said.

Board members have pushed for a loading dock for the building in case another tenant later replaces Verizon and would need one.

The developer and the township have clashed on other portions of the development, including the township’s past denial of site plans for other businesses and the delayed issuance of an occupancy permit last year for the Walgreens near the Norwin Hills Shopping Center.

Township Planning and Zoning Director Andrew Blenko said township officials are preparing a draft of gas well drilling regulations. A draft might be reviewed by the board as soon as December.

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