Menards mum on Hempfield retailer plans, township officers stay eager for 2022

The location of a proposed Menards house enchancment retailer in Hempfield has largely sat idle for a lot of the 12 months, however township leaders are hopeful the venture will resume in 2022.

Menards, a Wisconsin-based chain, is slated to occupy the previous web site of the Ramada by Wyndham Greensburg Resort and Convention Middle that was demolished in January. Nevertheless, regardless of a lot of the groundwork being laid, development was delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic and points discovering staff and supplies, officers stated.

“I believe with the constructing materials points and the constructing of that magnitude that they’re proposing, I believe they’re mendacity low as we go into 2022,” stated Supervisor George Reese.

Reese stated officers predict development to renew subsequent 12 months. A timeline was not instantly recognized.

Jeff Abbott, a Menards spokesman, stated, “We have now nothing to report presently.”

Menards was first offered to the township’s planning fee in June 2020. Proposed plans for the venture present a 250,000-square-foot constructing, which is nearly double the dimensions of the Lowe’s and Dwelling Depot in Hempfield. Of that, about 50,000 sq. ft will likely be an outside lumber yard.

Supervisors in August 2020 voted to mix three tax parcels and accepted the location plan pending site visitors enchancment plans, stormwater administration and erosion management.

By December 2020, Menard Inc. bought the previous Ramada property for $7.75 million from Greensburg Hospitality, Westmoreland County property tax data present. The corporate additionally bought the parcel that held the Westmoreland Athletic Membership, which closed in 2015, for $1.25 million, paperwork present.

Demolition of the 42-year-old lodge and the Westmoreland Athletic Membership started shortly after the purchases to permit for development of the house enchancment retailer.

Nevertheless, work seemingly ceased after demolition was full.

Patrick Karnash, the township’s director of planning and zoning, citing a Menards consultant, stated in August that every one development dates for brand spanking new shops had been pushed again due to the pandemic. This month, Karnash stated stormwater controls are in place, however famous {that a} allow utility has not but been submitted.

Piles of gravel presently sit the place the previous Ramada and parking zone had been positioned. A shovel truck sat idle this week alongside Ramada Inn Drive.

Hempfield is just not the one space seeing development delays. In Bowling Inexperienced, Ohio, a 207,893-square-foot Menards constructing was delayed due to the pandemic, BG Impartial Information reported final month. Bowling Inexperienced officers stated Menards was specializing in operations somewhat than enlargement throughout covid.

A 200,000-square-foot location is beneath development in South Union Township, Fayette County. An replace on that retailer was not instantly accessible.

In Hempfield, Supervisor Doug Weimer famous the township not too long ago acquired a $900,000 multimodal grant from Pennsylvania Division of Neighborhood and Financial Growth, which will likely be used to make enhancements to Donohoe Highway. He added that Menards dedicated $250,000 to the roadway enhancements.

“As soon as they current us with that cash, I’m positive they’ll be aggressive with their constructing plans,” Weimer stated.

Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Overview employees author. You possibly can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or by way of Twitter .

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