UPDATE: Churchill Borough Council voted 5-2 to approve the proposed Amazon Warehouse during a special meeting Tuesday night. Hillwood Development wants to create a $300 million Amazon warehouse at the former Westinghouse site. There will be more than 1,000 employees and nearly 700 truck trips per day. This comes after months of debate, protests and several public hearings. “Council took into account hours and hours of testimony by the applicant, objectors, experts, and residents. This has been a difficult process, but one we took on with the seriousness it requires.” Council President Jay Dworin said in a news release following the vote. “Our residents and their passion to protect what is best about Churchill played a significant role in creating the conditions set forth in this approval. I have received so many emails from our residents on this proposed project; many for and many against. I am so proud of my community’s engagement regarding this project.”Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald also released a statement following the vote. Read his full statement below. “Thank you to the Churchill Borough Council for all of its work on this important issue. This is going to be a substantial development, not just for Churchill, but also for the residents in all of our eastern suburbs. It’s particularly exciting for these communities that haven’t seen as much growth as other areas of our county. This site has sat vacant for two decades but is now being brought back with potentially thousands of jobs, particularly for Woodland Hills students, allowing residents throughout those communities the benefit of economic growth.”Watch the report from Churchill: Click the video player above. For months, there has been a debate in the borough over it.“Please do no harm,” said Sandy Fox, who said she lives less than 1,000 feet from the site. “Please protect our lives and protect our environment.”Supporters said the facility will bring new jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenues that would help Woodland Hills School District.Others put signs in their yards and protested in front of the borough building, Those in opposition said there are more than 400 homes surrounding the site and two nearby schools. Their top concerns are excessive pollution and traffic. “This development will be harmful to people and that’s all they need,” Fox said. On Tuesday, the Churchill Borough manager declined to talk on the record but said the special meeting was virtual. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reached out to the developer. Fox said if the council votes to move forward with the plans for the Amazon site, she and a group of neighbors will appeal the decision. “We’re not giving up because this is too important,” she said.

UPDATE: Churchill Borough Council voted 5-2 to approve the proposed Amazon Warehouse during a special meeting Tuesday night.

Hillwood Development wants to create a $300 million Amazon warehouse at the former Westinghouse site. There will be more than 1,000 employees and nearly 700 truck trips per day.

This comes after months of debate, protests and several public hearings.

“Council took into account hours and hours of testimony by the applicant, objectors, experts, and residents. This has been a difficult process, but one we took on with the seriousness it requires.” Council President Jay Dworin said in a news release following the vote. “Our residents and their passion to protect what is best about Churchill played a significant role in creating the conditions set forth in this approval. I have received so many emails from our residents on this proposed project; many for and many against. I am so proud of my community’s engagement regarding this project.”

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald also released a statement following the vote. Read his full statement below.

“Thank you to the Churchill Borough Council for all of its work on this important issue. This is going to be a substantial development, not just for Churchill, but also for the residents in all of our eastern suburbs. It’s particularly exciting for these communities that haven’t seen as much growth as other areas of our county. This site has sat vacant for two decades but is now being brought back with potentially thousands of jobs, particularly for Woodland Hills students, allowing residents throughout those communities the benefit of economic growth.”

Watch the report from Churchill: Click the video player above.

For months, there has been a debate in the borough over it.

“Please do no harm,” said Sandy Fox, who said she lives less than 1,000 feet from the site. “Please protect our lives and protect our environment.”

Supporters said the facility will bring new jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenues that would help Woodland Hills School District.

Others put signs in their yards and protested in front of the borough building,

Those in opposition said there are more than 400 homes surrounding the site and two nearby schools. Their top concerns are excessive pollution and traffic.

“This development will be harmful to people and that’s all they need,” Fox said.

On Tuesday, the Churchill Borough manager declined to talk on the record but said the special meeting was virtual. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reached out to the developer.

Fox said if the council votes to move forward with the plans for the Amazon site, she and a group of neighbors will appeal the decision.

“We’re not giving up because this is too important,” she said.

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