Officials: Construction on new Sheetz to resume

Sheetz Inc. officials expect to resume construction of a convenience store at Frankstown Road and Amelia Avenue within the next couple of weeks.

The state Department of Environmental Protection on Friday issued Sheetz a Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroach-ment Permit, which will allow the construction of the store to proceed, said William Sauserman, Sheetz director of engineering and permitting.

The project was put on hold last summer because of a wetlands issue at the site.

Sheetz had obtained a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit from DEP to begin work but had not received a wetlands permit. Sheetz was permitted to cut down trees and relocate some utilities. Sheetz voluntarily agreed to cease activity at the site because, according to the DEP, it had violated a condition of its NPDES permit that stated it could not begin any earth disturbance until it obtained another permit for proposed impacts to a nearby stream and wetlands at the site.

DEP spokeswoman Lisa Kasianowitz also said Sheetz didn’t install erosion prevention controls before starting construction. It also was required to find another site to relocate the wetlands before resuming construction.

In March, Sheetz officials said they had found a location acceptable to DEP in the Chimney Rocks area, on the Hollidaysburg side of Route 36.

The near-half acre site is in the borough near Bedford Street and Route 36.

“The Chapter 105 permit will allow us to disturb on-site wetlands and mitigate them at an off-site location,” Sauserman said.

If construction goes as planned, the new store should open in early November, Sauserman said.