CarSense, a Philadelphia-based used-car business, is making is way east with a location slated for the property adjacent to the Victory Family Church on Route 19 in Cranberry.
At Monday’s Planning Advisory Commission meeting, officials gave preliminary and final approval for a 23,760-square-foot sale facility and car lot. They also gave approval for additions to the Victory Family Church.
Steven Victor of Victor-Wetzel Associates in Sewickley, the firm representing Victory and Car Sense, said the church -- which has been on the property for roughly seven years -- recently sold 15 of its 58 acres to CarSense.
CarSense, which has three locations in the Philadelphia area, will be able to hold 700 cars on the lot. Victor showed the board an artist's rendition showing a glass building with a peaked entry that is similar to CarSense buildings in Philadelphia.
“This will the first one in Pittsburgh,” he said.
According to the CarSense website, the company offers “no-haggle prices, no-commission salespeople, a six-month/6,000 mile warranty, a lifetime engine guarantee and a five-day return policy."
The site also said the company's vehicles have their prices already listed on the sales sticker.
CarSense now will go before the Cranberry Township Board of Supervisors for approval. The township also will hold a public hearing on the plans.
If all goes well, Victor said, CarSense hopes to start construction in two months.
“If we’re lucky, we’ll open by the end of 2011,” he said.
As for additions to the church, Victor said, that may take a bit longer.
Although the church obtained the commission’s approval Monday to add classrooms, a youth center and more parking, its time frame is anyone’s guess. Victory said the church would conduct fundraisers to pay for the construction.
“It could take 10 years,” he said.
In 2009, Victor said, the church also was given approval for an addition to the building that has not been built.
"They just haven’t constructed it yet,” he said.
The building that once was home to the Market House grocery store and the Safari Sam’s family fun facility on Route 19 soon may see another new tenant. On Monday, the Planning Advisory Commission gave approval to the building’s owners, the Viola family, for an 8,500-square-foot health spa.
Ron Henshaw, Cranberry’s director of community development, said the family is recruiting a national gym chain for the building.
If that use for the building is approved, the gym will be the third new business to join the building in less than a year. In 2010, an Advance Auto Parts and McKinney’s Furniture and Mattress Direct opened in the facility. Prior to that, the building had been mostly vacant for years.
Prima Yoga should be open for business by April 1.