FedEx Freight development application withdrawn in Richland

Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 1:30 AM


FedEx Freight has withdrawn both its zoning variance application and land development application related to a planned addition at the Kramer Road facility in Richland Township.

The company had submitted a list of variances that were being considered by the zoning hearing board as well as a land development plan that was pending before the planning commission.

Richland Township manager Dean Bastianini shared the correspondence from the company’s legal counsel, Shawn Gallagher of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, announcing the withdrawal of both applications at the board of supervisors’ May meeting.

“Which means that neither of these plans will be moving forward and will be taken off from any further consideration,” Bastianini said. “That’s put to rest right now.”

Representatives from the company did not attend the March planning commission, leading to the tabling of the plan, and also did not attend that month’s zoning hearing board, either.

Residents at past meetings had stated concerns regarding truck docking noise and the planned location of the diesel fuel station.

• The development of the former Pittsburgh Cut Flower property along Bakerstown Road is moving forward. The board of supervisors approved Traditions of America’s request to put a temporary trailer on the property from which they can conduct real estate sales until they’re able to build and move into a sales and design center within the planned community. Columbia Gas Co.’s plan to install a new gas mainline to service the property is expected to last from May through August and will impact both Pine and Richland townships. Bill Creeger, director of land management for Traditions of America, said that they hope to break ground on the new development in about 60 days. The Richland board of supervisors has approved phases one, two and three of the plan, which will total 163 housing units in the 55-and-over development. Traditions of America last year launched a 102-home development in Cranberry. Creeger said that plan sold out and they expect the Richland location to sell quickly as well.

• The township delayed plans for the grand opening of the new splash pad and playground at Richland Community Park, originally scheduled for May 18, primarily because of the muddy conditions surrounding the area and the need for landscaping and grass seeding to take hold. A new date is still to be determined.