It wasn’t a landslide, it was a land mass migration! Duh!

So the PG looked into what made the hill fall onto Route 65, and it pretty much sums up what we already know: the developer got a waiver on having to bench the land, and therefore the hillside wasn’t as sturdy as it could have been had they benched it.

I’m bringing this article, which is full of awesome “don’t look at me, I don’t know anything” quotes, to your attention for really two specific, hilarious quotes:

Construction on the site was being carried out by Penn Development Services, based in Uniontown. One foreman with that firm, John Herby, declined to say much, but said it would be wrong to characterize the landslide as rapid.

“Nothing cascaded. It’s a land mass migration,” he said. “It took four days, five days.”

Heh. Is this guy a politician? John, I don’t really care if it took one day for the hill to fall, or five days for the hill to fall. The point is that the hill that you are trying to build a Walmart on, did in fact FALL. I don’t hear anyone arguing over if it was a landslide or a land mass migration … if that is even a real thing.

And then this one from the president of the development company:

Mr. Atwood insisted that the engineering study had been done carefully and that his company had taken no undue risks.  “We’re going to put a $28 million development on the top of that hill. Believe me, the last thing we want is to have any kind of question on the slope’s stability,” he said. “How does that help us?”

Um, if you’re so damn 100% sure there was no question as to the stability of the slope, why is your development site now sitting on Route 65?

What I’d love to see is someone from that development company look in the camera and say, “We screwed up.” Is that asking too much? None of this, it wasn’t us it was them, it wasn’t the soil it was the rock, it wasn’t a landslide it was a land mass migration. God.

Fess up and fix it. And man, don’t talk to the press unless you’re 100% sure you aren’t going to sound like a jackass.


  1. joe
    September 27, 2006 9:14 am

    before placing all of the blame on the developers – not that i am defending those morons – kilbuck officials ought to be dragged into court. among their responsibilities include the stewardship and safety of the community. i suppose the aggressive traffic ticket revenue along the 65 corridor isn’t enough for this township. so why not cut some corners for developers who promise new tax revenue.

    there’$ alway$ trouble when it’$ all about the ca$h.

    thank$ kilbuck! thank$ developer$!

  2. Z
    September 27, 2006 10:18 am

    Makes me wonder how secure the Jade Garden in Murrysville feels at the foot of the hill they built up to put their WalMart on…

  3. Lino Gunn
    September 28, 2006 2:07 pm

    Typical Western PA politics. If you got the $$$$$ and you “get to” the right people you can get just about anything done. Even when it’s in violation of codes, ie; “Oh we allowed a varience on the code on that one”.
    Been going on here for generations, think David L. Lawrence & Co.