Proposed convenience store causes stir in Fulton

April 04, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A proposed gas station-convenience store in Fulton is one step from being built, causing a stir among residents there who fear it would attract more traffic.

Brantly Development Corp. of Columbia has proposed building a 2,424-square-foot High's convenience store and gas station on 2.7 acres off Lime Kiln Road, west of Route 216 in Fulton.

The developer is waiting for the county Department of Planning and Zoning to approve the company's site development plan.

Fulton residents said they are concerned that the project would attract more cars than local roads could handle.

Specifically, residents argue that the intersection of Lime Kiln Road and Route 216 is too narrow for increased traffic.

"There are many fender benders out there," said Annie Hardison, who has lived at the intersection since 1960. "It's hazardous now, and if the traffic is going to increase, it's going to increase the danger."

Bette Dolan, who lives on Lime Kiln Road, agreed. "During rush hour, I would venture to say that it's close to chaotic," she said. "You can hear the tires squealing as cars try to stop and turn at that corner."

There have been three accidents at the intersection since January, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a police spokesman. Though all involved property damage, no one was seriously injured, he said.

It is not just residents who are worried about the High's store.

Elizabeth Humes, owner of Sundog Framemakers & Art Inc., said she was told by county officials that the historic one-story building that houses her store would be moved about 30 feet back from its location at the corner of Lime Kiln Road and Route 216 to make room for the proposed store.

The move would take about four days, and the building would then sit next to the Fulton Post Office, Humes said.

Humes said the move will help preserve the 191-year-old building, which was at one time a drop-off point for milk farmers' cans. But she still is concerned that she would lose customers if her business is temporarily closed during a relocation.

"I depend on every customer I can get, and I run a very small business," Humes said. "It will be an inconvenience."

Officials from Brantly Development Corp. did not return phone messages.

Pub Date: 4/04/97

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