Board OKs Exxon's expansion plans ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

April 01, 1993

The Planning Board approved yesterday, with minor changes, an Elkridge gas station's plans to build a convenience store and nearly double the amount of gas pumped each day.

Montgomery Exxon, at 6310 Washington Blvd., plans by 1994 to replace its three service bays with a Tiger Mart convenience store.

The Exxon Corp. also wants to computerize its gas pumps to accept credit and bank cards, nearly double the amount of gas pumped, and build a 68-by-78-foot canopy to cover the gas pumps and store.

The Planning Board recommended setting the canopy and pumps further back from the road than Exxon plans. The board also suggested prohibiting left turns from the northern portion of the station, the front of which is Montgomery Road. The Board of Appeals, which makes the final decision, will hold a hearing April 8.

The public hearing was continued from March 16 after residents complained that a proposed 68-by-78-foot canopy was too large and that traffic would increase if the amount of gasoline pumped increases from 100,000 gallons a day to 185,000 gallons a day.

They also worried about the safety of cars making left turns from the station onto Montgomery Road and Washington Boulevard.

The gas station's auto repair services will be offered at another location. Neighbors had argued that they needed more auto repair services -- not another convenience store in an area that already offered restaurants and markets.

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