A developer will be capable to pursue constructing a automotive wash on the website of a former Kmart on Tarentum Bridge Highway in New Kensington.
By a 2-to-1 vote, town’s three-member zoning listening to board Thursday accredited 100 Riverview’s request for a variance for the automotive wash, which in any other case isn’t allowed there within the C-2 basic business zoning space.
The challenge might want to go to town’s planning fee for a subdivision and evaluate of its land improvement plan earlier than development can start, metropolis Zoning Officer Tony Males mentioned.
These two processes could be carried out individually or on the identical time, Males mentioned. When that can occur was not identified.
Whether or not or not it should go to New Kensington Council can also be not but identified, Males mentioned. It will want council approval provided that it can draw greater than 1,000 automobiles a day.
In its application for the variance, 100 Riverview mentioned the automotive wash is a pivotal a part of its $1.8 million proposal to redevelop the previous Kmart website in Riverview Plaza. The division retailer, which closed in January 2019, is within the means of being demolished.
Whereas the variance was accredited with none
circumstances, Males mentioned there was dialogue of there being some sort of fencing or vegetation buffer alongside Craigdell Highway, in the back of the property, to which he mentioned the developer was agreeable.
In arguing for the variance, Males mentioned the developer claimed the form of the bottom with its again nook and retaining partitions creates an space with restricted retail improvement potential. They mentioned the automotive wash additionally would enhance security by creating a greater visitors sample inside the procuring middle.
In addition to the automotive wash, plans for the property submitted to town present a grocery retailer hooked up to the strip mall and a free-standing constructing with three retail areas in a part of the parking zone.
Whereas a member of the zoning listening to board requested if Aldi was the grocery store, Males mentioned the developer mentioned they didn’t have a contract with the corporate or some other right now.
The approval for this challenge comes simply over a 12 months after the board unanimously rejected a variance for a car wash on the opposite facet of Tarentum Bridge Highway. In that case, Males mentioned the applicant did not show any hardships to justify a variance.