June 12, 2018 ~Access McCandless Staff
A group of residents near the proposed new Sheetz location at Perry Hwy. & Montclair Ave. are circulating a petition to stop construction of the new facility by asking Town Council to deny a requested zoning change.
Sheetz is asking Town Council to change the ordinance to allow the old location (nearly across the street) to remain as a gas station for a new tenant in the space. (Sheetz does not own the property of their current location.)
Residents cite issues such as fumes from gasoline, dangers to drinking water, traffic, noise and light pollution on a new website (www.savemccandless.com) that houses the online petition. Proponents of the new facility cite a dangerous traffic situation at the current Sheetz location with multiple accidents and near misses.
The proposed zoning ordinance change requires gas stations to be a minimum of 1,500 feet apart. Sheetz is requesting a change in the language of the ordinance to state “from another gas station not located at the same signalized road intersection.” This change would allow the property owner of the current Sheetz store to lease the location to another gas station, if desired, while allowing the construction of the new location at Perry Hwy. & Montclair Ave.
Council members Gregory Walkauskas and Carolyn Schweiger voted against a public hearing at the April town council meeting. Council voted 4-2 to allow for public input on the matter.
The public hearing is scheduled at Council’s regular business meeting on June 25 at 7:30 pm at the Township building on Grubbs Rd.in McCandless.