County Board of Appeals rejects plan for a second Glenwood gas station

3-1 vote on Tuesday sends proposal to defeat

August 26, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Concluding there is no need for two gas stations in rural Glenwood, the Howard County Board of Appeals has rejected a plan to build a Freestate gas station on Route 97 at Carrs Mill Road.

The board voted 3-1 Tuesday to deny the proposed station.

Board Chairman Jerry L. Rushing voted in favor of the project. But members James W. Pfefferkorn, Jacqueline R. Scott and Robert C. Sharps argued that the developer, Glenwood LLC, had not demonstrated the need for another gas station.

Board member William B. Waff did not vote because he was not on the board when the case was first reviewed in April.

Opponents of the proposal rejoiced at the board's vote.

"We think it's the proper decision," said Jack Milani, a resident of the Glenwood Springs community. "We felt there wasn't a need all along, and we're glad that the board waded through the evidence and reached the same conclusion that residents had reached."

D. Ronald Brasher of Glenwood LLC and David A. Carney, an attorney representing the company, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The project entailed putting 10 pumps dispensing gasoline, diesel fuel, and kerosene on 1.3 acres at the northwest corner of Route 97 and Carrs Mill Road.

The gas station was to be part of a larger plan -- which has been approved -- to develop a 30,000 square-foot retail center. That center would abut county-owned property that is to be the future home of a 180-acre park, a 36,000-square-foot community center and a library.

Although the developer predicted that the proposed gas station would draw about 400 customers a day and pump 2.5 million gallons of gasoline a year, opponents had said that a Citgo station less than a mile from the proposed site met their needs.

It is unclear if Glenwood LLC will appeal the board's decision, but Milani said the residents are prepared for such an action.

Pub Date: 8/26/99

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