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Vote likely on 14-acre project in Cranberry

Cranberry officials are expected to vote Thursday on a plan for 14 acres along Route 228 ready or not.

Cranberry planners and representatives of Youngstown, Ohio-based developer Thomas Petrarca have been squabbling over which traffic improvements will be necessary to accommodate the development.

Dan Santoro, Cranberry’s assistant manager, said the developer should be required to build dual left-turn lanes on Route 228 eastbound to access the parcel, but Ray Caruso, traffic engineer for the plan, has said a single left-turn lane will be sufficient.

Bob Blumling, the attorney representing Petrarca, said he would not grant the township another extension to consider the traffic issues.

So it seems likely supervisors will discuss and vote on the plan at their meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the township building, 2525 Rochester Road.

The development could include a big-box retailer and two smaller businesses, according to preliminary drawings.

Blumling has asked supervisors for several variances for the project on a plot of land that includes the 5-acre Pittsburgh North Campground and nine-and-a-half acres adjoining it. Among the requests are reducing the number of sidewalks that would have to be built within the plan.

Cranberry resident Art Neal said officials should require the sidewalks because people would use them, and the developer is just trying to cut costs.

Blumling has said the areas for sidewalks are unsafe and impractical.

Blumling also wants Cranberry to reduce its green-space requirement from 40 percent of the development to 30 percent. He said that because the developer is giving up 1.8 acres to be used for roads it would be hard to leave 40 percent of the parcel untouched and natural.


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