Tim SchooleyReporter- Pittsburgh Business Times
Chevron Corp. received an important approval as it pushes forward with a plan to build a new regional headquarters campus in Moon Township. The Moon Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve an ordinance granting the California oil and gas conglomerate’s request to change the zoning for its two parcels of property from a highway commercial designation to a business park zoning standard. Chevron hasn’t said whether it will actually build in Moon Township. Dusty Elias Kirk, a lawyer for Reed Smith representing Chevron (NYSE: CVX), said the zoning change will allow the company to better plan and phase its master-plan development and establish zoning for the 60-plus acres that’s already in keeping with the large number of office parks in the vicinity.
According to a master plan submitted to the township as part of its zoning change request, Chevron is considering a plan to build a new corporate campus for its Appalachian-Michigan Business Unit, which manages its natural gas production in a territory of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan. The plan calls for a Technological Excellence Center, including a laboratory, totaling 44,250 square feet of space in a one-story building that would employ about 36 people and offer parking, sidewalks and other amenities and infrastructure on a 20-acre portion of the larger plan. A second phase of the development, according to Chevron’s master plan, “is anticipated to be a regional headquarters campus” with a 374,000-square-foot multi-story office building, a 123,000-square-foot commons building, a 414,000-square-foot parking garage for 1,200 cars and a 24,000-square-foot central plant.
Chevron’s expansion plans could extend beyond that in the future, according to the company’s master plan request to the township. The vote came in a largely empty chamber with no public comment during the public hearing after a crowd of residents concerned about a new Speedway convenience store left after a two-hour discussion yielded no final decision.