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    Quote Originally Posted by scruff View Post
    There's an article in tomorrow's Cranberry Eagle (can't post a link since it's not available online yet).

    Great scott, Scruff! Are you....back FROM the future?


    I'm actually looking forward to this, will make it a little easier to get together and go shooting with my dad, who lives in Lawrence County.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johannes_Paulsen View Post
    Great scott, Scruff! Are you....back FROM the future?


    I'm actually looking forward to this, will make it a little easier to get together and go shooting with my dad, who lives in Lawrence County.
    Hope I didn't warp the space-time continuum by posting that, but yeah, that would be grat having someplace nearby, and 61 lanes, no waiting! Hopefully, they'll have reasonably-priced memberships.

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    Here's the Cranberry Eagle article:

    Shooting range planned in Cranberry
    Gun, archery lanes sought


    By Jared Stonesifer
    Eagle Staff Writer

    CRANBERRY TWP — Dave Gemperle knows there aren’t many options for gun owners when it comes to shooting ranges, which is why he wants to build a complex here.

    Gemperle, 56, has taken his plans before the township planning commission and will again do so on Monday.

    Preliminary plans call for a $14 million, 173,000-square-foot complex to be built on nearly 23 acres on the west side of Route 19, near the township’s Park Fire Station. In comparison, the project will be nearly as large as the proposed UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex going in along Route 228.

    That project is expected to be around 180,000-square-feet with a cost of more than $70 million.

    According to Gemperle, his business would be more of an academy of sorts with classes and lessons. A certified training counselor with the National Rifle Association, Gemperle said he plans on teaching more than 50 classes per month.

    Called the Ellwand Shooting Sports Academy, the facility will include an indoor shooting complex in the basement. It also will include an outdoor archery section as well as retail space, classrooms, eating space and other amenities.

    Gemperle said his proposed facility will have 61 shooting lanes for customers as well as 70 lanes for archery. There will be different lanes for small, medium and long-range guns.

    The complex also will have materials inside on the walls that will help dampen the sound of gunfire both inside and outside.

    For his part, Gemperle is ecstatic at the thought of opening his range if only for the fact that he’s done his research and realized the demand for such a business.

    “In doing the homework, we were told that if you had a million people living within a 35-mile radius, that you’d be profitable on day one of the business,” he said. “We have 3 million people within 35 miles.”

    The prospective business owner also said he, along with two other co-founders, traveled to dozens of firing ranges across the country to see how they do business.

    The co-founders of the academy include Rick Everly of Butler and Fritz Baehr, an architect from Allegheny County who’s designing the project.
    Gemperle, who is a pilot for FedEx, said he’s been around firearms his entire life, so much so that he runs seminars to certify NRA instructors.
    He estimates he’s certified at least 250 gun owners in the past eight years.

    The township resident added that the closest range is in West Mifflin in the southern portion of Allegheny County. He noted that range only has 16 lanes and is often booked solid on the weekends.

    Gemperle said he’s been doing his homework for his business. That included researching a similar project proposed several years ago in Jackson Township that never was developed because of disagreements with residents and eventual court proceedings.

    Gemperle called the failed Jackson Township project a “circus atmosphere” and vowed his project wouldn’t face the same fate.
    “With all the things that go into concerns with building a safe facility, we never imagined all the details that would go into it,” he said. “But we had already done our homework and knew what to expect. Cranberry’s rules are pretty black and white.”

    Gemperle is working intently with township officials to make sure everything is in order. As of now, he hopes to have the facility open next year.

    “We’re trying hard not to cause any ripples,” he said.

    Ron Henshaw, Cranberry’s director of community development, said the planning commission is still reviewing the project but that it likely will have a recommendation ready next week.

    He said so far he hasn’t heard any negative feedback concerning the proposed plan.

    “No one showed up at the first planning advisory meeting, but maybe they hadn’t heard of it yet,” he said. “Either way, we haven’t heard any complaints at the moment.”

    The planning advisory commission will discuss the project at its meeting Monday, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in the municipal center on Rochester Road.

    - See more at: http://webcache.googleusercontent.co....ycydzGDu.dpuf

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    bump.... anyone going to the meeting tonight?

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    Just read about the meeting now. Would have gone.

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    I stopped by on my way home from work. Apparently, there were some concerns about the outdoor archery expressed at the last meeting, but the archery range has since been dropped from the plans. The committee's only real concern now is the noise. They've asked the developer to provide more information on the noise level outside, and it sounds like they'll be ready to approve the project next week if the response is acceptable.

    One resident commented on the project. She lives two houses away from the property, and also wants to make sure that the noise won't be a problem. She didn't seem too worried about it, though. Funny thing is, Cranberry police have an outdoor range on the other side of the property, and that noise DOES bother her, so she's hoping that the police would use the new indoor range instead.

    I don't know what else needs to happen before they begin construction, but this was encouraging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruff View Post
    I stopped by on my way home from work. Apparently, there were some concerns about the outdoor archery expressed at the last meeting, but the archery range has since been dropped from the plans. The committee's only real concern now is the noise. They've asked the developer to provide more information on the noise level outside, and it sounds like they'll be ready to approve the project next week if the response is acceptable.

    One resident commented on the project. She lives two houses away from the property, and also wants to make sure that the noise won't be a problem. She didn't seem too worried about it, though. Funny thing is, Cranberry police have an outdoor range on the other side of the property, and that noise DOES bother her, so she's hoping that the police would use the new indoor range instead.

    I don't know what else needs to happen before they begin construction, but this was encouraging.
    People were more concerned about archery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johannes_Paulsen View Post
    People were more concerned about archery?
    Yep, we all know how noisy those arrows are!

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    Anyone know if Cranberry Twp. approved the building of the indoor gun range at their meeting last week ?

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    http://www.twp.cranberry.pa.us/Civic....aspx?AID=2567

    Looks like they will decide today,April 1.

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