Gas station planned in Marada park Bank seeks approval for adjacent branch


Westminster businessman Stanley H. "Jack" Tevis plans to build a gas station, carwash and convenience store with sandwich or fast-food service in the Marada Industrial Park campus on Route 97 north of Westminster.

Taneytown Bank & Trust Co. may build an adjacent branch bank, if the city planning commission votes tonight to recommend a zoning change allowing banks in industrial zones. A final decision on the proposed zoning change rests with the City Council.

Mr. Tevis needs only site plan approval to build a Shell service station, the carwash and a Jiffy Mart convenience store with a drive-through window and sandwich or fast-food service on the 2.6-acre site at Route 97 and Magna Way. The city zoning ordinance permits his planned uses in industrial areas.

Mr. Tevis said the latest addition to his local chain of Jiffy Marts and Shell stations must serve both industrial park customers and highway traffic "to make it work as a commercial enterprise."

Taneytown Bank is asking for zoning that would allow a branch bank with a drive-through window, an idea that finds favor with a majority of the planning commission, although the planning staff expressed reservations.

"A drive-in window today is a matter of security and convenience," said Edward D. Leister, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the bank. "People won't take the time to park and come in the bank."

Mr. Leister said the branch plans to serve the park's industries and its employees, along with workers in the air business center across Route 97.

City Planner Katrina L. Tucker said she and planning Director Thomas B. Beyard will recommend that banks be allowed as a permitted use inside industrial park buildings, but that freestanding banks with drive-through windows be made a special exception in industrial parks.

A special exception use would allow the board of zoning appeals to evaluate each proposed drive-through window for appropriateness for that site, Ms. Tucker said.

Planning commission Chairman C. Lawrence Wiskeman and members Jerry L. Toadvine and Stephen R. Chapin Sr. said they favor allowing freestanding banks with drive-through windows.

Commission members Nancy L. Palmer and Margaret Bair could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Toadvine said he understands the staff's concern for limiting commercial uses in industrial parks, but that "the number of industrially zoned parcels that would be amenable to this kind of development would be very limited."

Designs are not complete for the Jiffy Mart and gas station, Mr. Tevis said, but he is thinking about a triangular building similar to one he plans at Carroll and West Main streets in downtown Westminster.

He said it probably will be brick, although possibly a lighter color than the red brick planned by the bank.

Mr. Leister said if the zoning change is approved, the branch bank will be 1 1/2 stories, in the colonial style that Taneytown Bank uses for its branches.

Pub Date: 4/11/96


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