Carrier Southpointe photo one

Photo courtesy of Roger Carrier

Construction of the entrance to Southpointe on the south end of the development

The first tenant had yet to sign on when Southpointe started to become the economic driver so many had hoped.

“Landscaping was being done at the south end, and all these bushes were being stolen,” said Kerry Fox, community development director of Washington County Redevelopment Authority.

Officials were determined to catch the culprit(s), so they set up cameras in the vicinity of the previously pilfered shrubbery. They caught the evildoers who, upon initial glance, did not appear so evil.

“They were two little old ladies in (a Chevrolet El Camino),” Fox said. “They were stealing them and selling them, dozens of shrubs.”

The two thieves, in reality, became the first business operators in the park.

Business Writer

Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won eight individual writing awards, including two Golden Quills.

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