Upcoming DOT Project Contributes to Delay of Station Owners' Plans

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The owners of the gas station located where Route 27 curves at Lake Ave appeared before the Zoning Board seeking approval to remove a tree from and pave a small lot adjacent to the station.Without a complete site plan and with numerous unanswered questions about scheduled DOT renovations for that intersection, the board denied the request.

DOT will reconstruct that intersection and add a traffic light sometime in 2010.  Not knowing exactly what the DOT has planned was one reason for the board to deny the variance request at this time.

Neighbors also appeared before the board to complain about extended operating hours and middle-of-the night gasoline deliveries.  They complaianed that the new owner has been slowly expanding the approved M-F 6:30 am until 9:00 pm and weekend 8:00 am - 6:00 pm pump hours.  Auto servicing at the site is approved for Saturdays from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm only.

In March '96, the prior owners applied for and received a variance for the canopy that now exists over the pumps.  The resolution established at that time must be honored until a new resolution is approved. The vacant parcel seems to have become a parking lot for trucks but is only zoned for two employee vehicles.  Existing use approvals are applicable until otherwise changed and a maximum of two cars is allowed on the lot because its last approved use was residential and allowed for two parked vehicles.

The applicant was asked to file a complete Site Plan before next appearing before the board.

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The previous owners were fighting the DOT for years over the proposed light at that intersection.

There are residences with more than two cars. Two off street parking spaces is the minimum amount a residence is supposed to have, not the maximum.

Have to agree with them about the late night deliveries, though.

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