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Cranberry receives grant to study retail

Cranberry Township’s retail core, according to township manager Dan Santoro, stretches from the Cranberry Mall, above, on the south through Rochester Road along Route 19. Seb Foltz/Butler Eagle

CRANBERRY TWP — Cranberry Township received a $30,000 state grant to help the municipality plan possible future redevelopment of its “commercial core.”

The Municipal Assistance Program grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development is aimed at helping Cranberry determine ways to move forward should the current role of retail change.

“The time to plan is when you're well in advance and actually planning, not waiting until it's too late. We know that the whole world of retail is changing, the way we work is changing,” township manager Dan Santoro said. “This is really a study to look at, what are the opportunities for redevelopment in the older retail core in the event that, some day, those start transitioning to something else?”

Cranberry Township’s retail core, according to Santoro, stretches from the Cranberry Mall on the south through Rochester Road along Route 19, bumping out toward Executive Drive.

“Sometimes we refer to that area as the ‘super block,’” he quipped.

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