Work may restart on new Sheetz store

Sheetz Inc. officials hope to resume construction of a new convenience store at Frankstown Road and Amelia Avenue in early May.

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 the state Department of Environmental Protection to begin work but had not received a wetlands permit, said William Sauserman, Sheetz director of engineering and permitting.

Sheetz was able to cut some trees down and do some utility relocation work but no major grading.

Sheetz then 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 [construction] at the site until it obtained another permit for proposed impacts to a nearby stream and wetlands at the site. It also failed to install erosion prevention controls before it started construction, said DEP spokeswoman Lisa Kasianowitz.

Sheetz also was required to find another site to relocate the wetlands before it moves forward.

“We have found a location acceptable to DEP in the Chimney Rocks area, on the Hollidaysburg side of Route 36,” said Steve Augustine, director of real estate.

The near-half acre site is in the borough near the intersection of Bedford Street and Route 36, Sauserman said.

Construction can resume once Sheetz receives its wetlands permit, which should be coming soon, Sauserman said.

“I will feel better when I have the permit in my hand,” he said.

If work resumes in early May, the new store should be ready to open the first week of November, Augustine said.