Neighbors criticize proposed gas station

Glenwood residents fear it will draw traffic, crime

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

Opponents of a proposed gas station in Glenwood told the Howard County Board of Appeals last night that the facility would attract criminals and increase traffic at an already congested intersection.

Glenwood LLC representatives are proposing a nine-pump Freestate station on 1.3 acres at Carrs Mill Road and Route 97. The station would be part of a 30,000-square-foot shopping center.

About 25 opponents, many of whom live in communities less than a mile away from the proposed project, attended last night's meeting.

"The fact that it's an all-cash station naturally leads me to believe it would be a target for criminals," said Dean Landis, who lives about 400 yards from the site.

Others argued that the community has enough gas stations, noting a Citgo station about a half-mile away.

"I don't know of anyone in the community that has had to wait for gas," said Edward A. Smith, another Glenwood resident.

Proponents testified at previous meetings that the area needed another station, saying a 25-mile stretch of Route 97 does not have nearly enough of them for the volume of traffic. They predicted that the proposed Glenwood station could draw about 400 customers a day and pump 2.5 million gallons of gas a year.

The developers are appealing to the board to grant them an exception to build a gas station on a site zoned for retail business use.

David Milani, a Glenwood resident, said the station would draw more traffic to the area. "I think the business comes at the expense of the residents," Milani said.

The county Department of Planning and Zoning has recommended approval of the proposal.

Opponents will present more testimony before the board makes a decision.

Pub Date: 6/16/99

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