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Construction Back on Track at Moon Military Commissary

The opening of a Moon Township military commissary has been pushed back after contractors failed "delineate responsibilities," according to officials.

A series of setbacks in the construction of a 43,000 square-foot Moon Township military commissary has delayed the facility's planned opening. 

The commissary, which will serve as a grocery store for 170,000 military personnel in the tri-state region, was originally slated to open in October 2013, but work stoppages have pushed back that opening date to the spring of 2014, officials said.  

Crews first broke ground in August on the $17 million facility, which will sit at the corner of University Boulevard and the Interstate 376 Business Route.

Work on the commissary had reached a "near standstill" in recent weeks, according to a joint statement released by Reps. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, and Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, Congressmen whose districts include Moon and Robinson. 

Doyle and Murphy said crews have resumed work at the site in recent days.  

Mississippi-based contractor Carothers Construction and the Pentagon "struggled to clearly delineate responsibilities related to the site development," according to the Congressmen's statement. 

The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County is managing site work for the project. 

When completed, the facility will replace the existing commissary in Oakdale. 

For more information on the Moon Township military commissary, visit our Patch topics page.

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