South Fayette’s Gateway Shops plan moving forward

Published May 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm (Updated May 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm)

Plans for the Gateway Shops at Newbury Market in South Fayette Township are moving forward. Prior to a May 8 board of commissioners meeting, a public hearing was held regarding Newbury’s conditional use application for plans for the outparcels at the former 84 Lumber site along Route 50.

“There was no announcement as far as tenants” for the Gateway Shops, said Township Manager Ryan Eggleston. However, he added that an announcement regarding tenants could be coming in “the near future.”

Eggleston said during the public hearing one resident, Chip Davis, voiced concern about why the project has not progressed more quickly. Eggleston said that with the economic downturn in the past few years, he’s glad that the project is “still moving forward.”

Commissioners also discussed at the meeting implementing a possible fireworks ordinance. Eggleston said the township is working on a draft fireworks ordinance that could be ready by June. He said there was an incident in the township last year of someone setting off fireworks without a permit that caused some concern among residents. The ordinance would state that if a group holds an event where there is going to be fireworks, a permit must be obtained.

As far as the township’s own fireworks celebration for the Independence Day holiday, Eggleston said a vendor should be approved at the May 15 meeting and that the display will occur on July 3.

In other business, the township is considering an overhaul of its website, Eggleston said. He added that the township has received a proposal from Civic Plus, a company that does a lot of municipal websites.

“We are looking to take it to that next dimension,” Eggleston said of South Fayette’s website. He said once the board votes on which company to go with for the website redesign, the overhaul will take about four to six months.

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