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Giant Eagle Presents New GetGo Gas Station Plans

Talk of the renovation to the existing store on Detroit Avenue put on hold.

is looking to plant a new GetGo gas station on the property it once owned at the busy intersection of Bunts Road and Detroit Avenue. 

However, plans for a renovation to the existing gorcery store across the street may have to wait.

Officials from the Pittsburgh-based grocer presented drawings to the city’s on Thursday.

at the busy intersection of Bunts Road and Detroit Avenue highlight a 5,600-square-foot brick building, with eight gas pumps, iron fencing and plenty of green space. 

The GetGo station — unlike the company’s typical gas station — will offer some grocery items, prepared foods, a patio and a Wi-Fi café.

The site will also feature bio-retention landscaping, helping to alleviate the city’s storm water management issues, a move lauded by city officials.

“We’re taking a site that’s 100 percent impervious right now, to an almost 40 percent green area,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. “That’s a big shift.”

“It’s an improvement for sure.” 

Giant Eagle sold its property across the street at 14013 Detroit Avenue to Urban Active in 2007. However, plans at the site to build a workout facility never came to fruition.

The building has been vacant since 2007, when Giant Eagle finished its move across the street to 14100 Detroit Avenue.

“Preliminary discussions” also included at the corner of Bunts Road and Detroit Avenue. However, Giant Eagle representatives recently told city officials those plans are on hold until at least 2013.

Officials said demolition of the existing GetGo structure — a grocery store that’s gone by a few names in its history — could begin by June. Construction could be completed by the holidays.

“We’d like to get the details and get going,” said Pat Avolio, the director of real estate development for Giant Eagle.

Avolio, who directed questions to the company’s public relations department in Pittsburgh, said the existing Get Go property at the intersection of Manor Park and Detroit avenues would likely be sold.

Board members asked about the proximity of the proposed gas station to neighboring homes. Giant Eagle officials said that the existing board-on-board fencing dividing the properties would remain as a “buffer” between the residential neighborhood to the south.

Should the city’s board of review approve the plans later this month, the project would still need a variance for a setback requirement from the city’s board of zoning appeals.

Alex Vandehoff March 02, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Giant Ealge should be careful, I'm sure someone out there thinks that they're about to tear down a 'historic builiding' just so a huge coporation can put in another 'generic gas station' that isn't locally owned and will 'increase traffic on my street'
Peter Grossetti March 02, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Green space?!?!?!? I was under the impression that everything had to be built butting up against the sidewalk in order to maintain the "streetcar heritage look/feel"
The original Bill March 02, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Let the negative comments begin. Oops I see they already have.
Tim Torrence March 02, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I would like to see the approval of this project to be contingent on the clean up of the current Get Go site. I find it doubtful that a new gas station would move onto the site at Manor Park so an extensive clean up would have to be performed at that site for any other business to move in. It also comes to mind that this location is in close proximity to the high school and I wonder if Giant Eagle truly knows that a patio with a Wi-Fi cafe will certainly bring an overflow of students during the warmer months. That would certainly be good for business but may have a negative public reaction if the atmosphere is shall we say rowdy.
Alex Vandehoff March 02, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Please be aware, I was being highly sarcastic, referencing the McD's debacle. I like what GE is planning, especially if we get one of the Market District type stores. Would be great!
Peter Grossetti March 02, 2012 at 09:33 PM
My remarks were quasi-sarcastic ... with a twinge of irony, a dash of cynisms, and a just a pinch of contempt. But I assure you, not negative!
Josetta Majcher June 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM
How about if the city and its residents allowed a place for the high school students to go. Adults have the bars, but where do the kids go. Yes, some teens can be rowdy. Some adults are rowdy.

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