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Unity supervisors reject plan for gas station, convenience store

| Friday, June 13, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

A proposal for a gas station near the Inn at Mountain View failed to win the approval of Unity supervisors on Thursday.

The plan by Ohio-based Speedway included eight gas pumps and a 3,900-square foot convenience store on Village Drive on what is now a vacant lot just off Route 30.

The area is zoned with a B2 community-commercial designation, where the convenience store is permitted, but the pumps had to be approved by the township board.

During the meeting, solicitor Gary Falatovich emphasized that any comment made by the public was not a part of the official consideration for the conditional use, because a special hearing was held May 27.

“The board of supervisors have to make their decision based on the information that is presented to them during the course of the hearing,” he said.

After the unanimous “no” vote by the three supervisors and a subsequent vote to deny the request, the group of about 30 gathered for the meeting gave a round of applause, and again when the meeting was later adjourned.

Supervisor Mike O'Barto said board members considered input from the community.

“I will tell you that the board is taking into consideration all the comments that were made, and we're not just making a decision without thinking about it,” he said. “We have given it a lot of thought.”

Falatovich said the supervisors have 45 days from the date of the hearing to issue a written decision.

Representatives for Speedway tried to elicit the supervisors' reasons for denial, but officials declined. Engineer Don Hultberg would not comment after the meeting.

Falatovich said after the meeting that the plan under consideration by the planning commission would have to be modified to reflect the supervisors' decision before it is brought for a vote.

“The site plan will be affected by this decision, it's just a matter of how it's affected,” he said.

Speedway brought a plan that included commercial diesel pumps and gasoline pumps for consideration by the township's various boards in October.

At that time, 629 residents' signatures were submitted on petitions, which cited concerns from those in nearby housing developments about traffic congestion, nearby schools and truck traffic.

Those plans were withdrawn before any decisions were made. A revised plan was submitted in May that eliminated the commercial diesel fueling islands, reoriented a smaller store and removed an exit to Frye Farm Road.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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