Master plan approved for new development

WEIRTON — Additional development is slated to be coming to the Three Springs Crossing business plaza following Wednesday’s meeting of the city’s Planning Commission.

The commission approved 6-0 a master plan update for the plaza, located at 243 Three Springs Drive, which is anticipated to make way for the construction of additional buildings for new business opportunities.

Architect Lou Bernardi appeared before the commission, speaking on behalf of developer Dan Spanovich.

The new plan would lay the groundwork for the development of the last available land at the site, which once was home to a Walmart retail outlet.

“The last remaining area of the old Walmart property is what I call the southeast corner,” Bernardi said.

Planning Commission Chair Chuck Robinson noted the project would eventually lead to the construction of four new structures, with plans for either commercial or industrial operations.

“This finalizes the master plan,” Robinson said, explaining each building would have to go through the planning and zoning process before being constructed. “There’s a long way between approving the master plan and something happening.”

Bernardi explained the area in question consists of 1.8 acres, with planned work including paving and stormwater work.

He said there are four options being discussed to address stormwater issues, including the use of a rain garden, dry wells, a retention pond system or an in lieu of agreement.

Mark A. Miller, city planning and development director, said the proposal falls under the regulations of Section 4.2 of the Unified Development Ordinance, and concerns are being addressed to ensure the project meets all requirements.

“They have an engineer working with our engineer,” Miller said.

The only resident to comment on the issue was John Barone, who expressed concern for the local watershed. Barone has held ownership of property adjacent to the Three Springs Crossing site.

Miller said he would forward those concerns to the engineers.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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