Developer calls on oil executive to bolster gas station bid

Board of Appeals hears Freestate vice president discuss Glenwood plan

April 16, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

Proponents of a gas station in Glenwood defended their plan yesterday during a Board of Appeals meeting, saying the Route 97 corridor does not have enough stations.

Officials of Glenwood LLC are requesting a special exception to build a nine-pump Freestate gas station in a proposed 30,000-square-foot shopping center.

Glenwood LLC attorney David A. Carney called Harry Wainwright, vice president of Freestate Petroleum, to testify during the hearing at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City. About 50 supporters and opponents attended the meeting.

About 200 western Howard County residents have joined in opposition to the proposal, saying there was no need for the station. They said it could pollute their well water and draw tractor-trailers to the area. They are being represented by David F. Mister of Lutherville.

Wainwright said there has been a lot of "misinformation" about his company, saying his intent was to serve residents who travel Route 97.

"I'm not interested in the trucking business," he said.

The station "was never designed for tractor-trailers," Wainwright said, adding that his company's cash-only policy will not draw them because truckers usually pay by credit card.

Wainwright said there is a need for a gas station because there is none for a 25-mile stretch of Route 97 from Westminster in Carroll County to Sunshine in Montgomery County. Opponents have said there is no demand for one and pointed out the Citgo station less than a mile from the site where Wainwright wants to build.

"The area in undertanked," Wainwright said. "This is the only area in that whole stretch that it is in a planned area."

He said he anticipates the station will serve about 400 customers a day, pumping 2.5 million gallons of gas a year.

Some board members questioned the need for the station at that site, the intersection of McKendree Road, Carrs Mill Road and Route 97.

"You feel that the best place to put a gas station is a half-mile away from another," said board member Robert C. Sharps.

The proposal first came before the board March 2, drawing about 200 residents to the meeting. Last night's meeting was the fourth on the issue.

The next meeting is scheduled April 22.

Pub Date: 4/16/99

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