BRUNSWICK — An attempt to move the gas pumps at Giant Eagle across the street to the north side of Center Road has stalled.
On Thursday, the city Planning Commission denied a site plan that would have allowed Giant Eagle to construct a
16-pump GetGo gas station at the corner of Center Road (state Route 303) and Old Eagle Drive — the former site of FirstMerit Bank and Outdoor Power World.
Planning Commission members said the gas station does not match the city’s corridor plan, which City Council approved in 2004.
“A gas station is not the type of business we’re looking for. (Route) 303 is a mismatch right now and we’re trying to create a central theme,” said Vice Mayor and Councilman Vince Carl, 2nd Ward.
“I have visions of that being another medical center or a restaurant,” said Carl, who sits on the Planning Commission.
Giant Eagle operates a gas station on the south side of the road in the Brunswick Town Center complex, within a special planning district. To move the gas station across the street would put it into a commercial district, with different requirements. Carl said the station is fine as it exists, but the city is hoping to set clearer expectations for future buildings and developments along Center and Pearl roads.
“If you look at what we’ve put up on Center Road — new buildings in the past several years — it’s medical buildings and a college,” Carl said.
He said a new gas station might be appropriate in the highway district closer to the Interstate 71 interchange, where several gas stations already sit.
“What they proposed was a beautiful project; that’s not the issue. It’s just not our vision to put it there,” Carl said.
He said residents on Old Eagle Drive also expressed concerns about the traffic that would be generated if the gas station moves across the street. A new gas station could make getting into and out of the homes off Old Eagle Drive more difficult.
Giant Eagle has 20 days to file an appeal, which would put its request before the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals. As of Friday afternoon, Giant Eagle hadn’t yet issued a statement on whether it plans to appeal.
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