Historic commission chair opposes convenience center plan Prefers vacant lot to gas station, mart CENTRAL -- Uion Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

July 20, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

A planned gas station and 24-hour Jiffy Mart with a sandwich shop and drive-through window at Carroll and West Main streets doesn't fit the neighborhood, the chairman of Westminster's new Historic District Commission said yesterday.

Dean R. Camlin told the city zoning appeals board that a gas station and convenience store could be appropriate on the vacant lot, which formerly housed an Exxon service station.

But the development, as proposed, "would be more detrimental than the unused lot it would replace," he said.

Mr. Camlin voiced the only opposition to the request for a special zoning exception for the project during a one-hour public hearing. Earle Brewer, owner of a nearby hair salon, said he was happy to see

a use proposed for the vacant property.

Tevis Oil Co., which owns 12 Jiffy Marts in Carroll County and Pennsylvania, would operate the planned six gasoline pumps and 24-hour convenience store that also would house a Subway franchise with an eat-in counter.

Plans also call for a 20-foot-tall pylon sign, an 18-foot-tall lighted canopy and a 14-foot-tall building entrance. The exterior features are "far more suited to a highway or outlying commercial strip development than to this 25-mph central

business site," Mr. Camlin said.

He said the historic district commission asked him to review the Jiffy Mart plan when commission members learned of it at their first meeting last week. However, the commission did not have time to review or endorse his comments before the hearing yesterday.

Tevis Co. President Stanley H. Tevis III said the drive-through window is an innovation for a convenience store. It would operate like a drive-through window for a fast-food establishment, at which customers can place orders for such

items as a quart of milk or a Subway sub at an intercom, then drive to a window to pick up their orders.

Philip B. Schaeffer, chairman of the zoning appeals board, delayed a ruling on the project after he learned that the legal advertisement announcing the hearing did not include Tevis Co.'s request for an advertising sign larger than city zoning law allows.

Mr. Schaeffer said that the board will consider both issues after it holds a public hearing on the sign.

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