Proposal for gas station in Westminster is approved Convenience store, restaurants will also be part of structure

July 12, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

The Westminster Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a proposal to build a gas station, car wash and convenience store in the Marada Industrial Park on Route 97.

After listening to a brief presentation on the project, the five-member commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve construction of a Shell service station, a car wash and a Jiffy Mart convenience store at Route 97 and Magna Way.

The one-story, 5,000-square-foot structure will also be home to a Subway franchise shop and a taco restaurant.

Westminster businessman Stanley H. "Jack" Tevis, owner of Tevis Oil Co., submitted a site plan for the project more than two years ago.

"The process took longer than it usually would because this is a very tough site, due to its location," said Thomas B. Beyard, the city's director of planning and public works. "We had to make sure it had the best access that we could get."

Tevis said the latest addition to his chain of Jiffy Marts and Shell stations will serve industrial park customers and highway traffic.

Taneytown Bank & Trust Co. will open a branch office on the 2.6-acre site adjacent to the Jiffy Mart. The bank will be 1 1/2 stories, designed in the colonial style.

The bank received permission from city officials to open a branch at the site, which is zoned industrial. The uses sought by Tevis are permitted in an industrial zone.

The bank and the convenience store will have drive-through windows.

"If you want to purchase food or milk, you won't have to get out of your car," Beyard said. "It's a first for Westminster."

Tevis told the commission that he will break ground on the project in September and hopes to be open for business by April 1 next year. The structure will be similar in design to a 24-hour Jiffy Mart that Tevis opened two years ago on West Main Street in downtown Westminster.

In other business, the commission refused to reconsider a plan submitted by real estate agent Charles J. Plunkert, who has repeatedly asked the panel for permission to subdivide a lot near Johahn Drive off Uniontown Road.

Plunkert wants to build a second home on the 1.5-acre parcel, behind an existing rancher. He has twice before requested approval to subdivide the parcel, known as Carol West. The commission denied both requests.

Members of the board said the project would not be compatible with surrounding neighborhoods.

The commission unanimously voted to deny a request to extend city water service to Boulevard Exchange in the 1100 block of Baltimore Boulevard (Route 140). The business park, which houses a doctor's office and a real estate firm, is outside the city limits.

Wayne and Bonnie Lockard, who own Boulevard Exchange, asked the city to allow them access to public water because they are having problems with their well. The commission denied the request because the 250-foot extension would have required the city to create a new drainage basin.

The commission granted Union National Bank permission to change its sign at Cranberry Mall. The bank has adopted a new logo and wants to change its sign to reflect that.

The commission also ordered the owners of Cactus Willies to repaint the poles that support its sign in the Village Shopping Center on Route 140. The poles, which are teal, will be painted a neutral color.

Pub Date: 7/12/98

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