Weis pro­poses Gas ‘n’ Go on Ho­labird

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By MIA MCCASLIN mm­c­caslin@ches­pub.com

Weis rep­re­sen­ta­tives pre­sented plans for a Weis “Gas ‘n’ Go” sta­tion that would be lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of Del­vale and Ho­labird av­enues to a small group of com­mu­nity mem­bers at the North Point Public Li­brary on July 31.

Be­fore the meet­ing, mem­bers from the Nor­wood Ho­labird Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion dis­cussed their con­cerns about the project. With three schools within a mile ra­dius of the lo­ca­tion, po­si­tioned directly across from the Weis Mar­ket on Ho­labird Av­enue, Dawn Rader was con­cerned about the traf­fic that a gas sta­tion might add to the al­ready-- con­gested area.

When the plans were pre­sented, how­ever, the mem­bers con­cerns were quickly as­suaged. The small gas sta­tion would be nes­tled along the busy street of Ho­labird Av­enue, but the only en­trance to this six-pump sta­tion would be lo­cated on Marshall Road.

“All of our mem­bers present felt bet­ter about it af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion, es­pe­cially af­ter see­ing the out­lets were on the main roads, likely not adding much to the con­ges­tion there,” said David Rader II of the Nor­wood Hola- bird Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion.

The sta­tion will op­er­ate with a small manned kiosk in­stead of a full con­ve­nience store. Cus­tomers who shop at Weis Mar­kets will earn gas points, redeemable at this sta­tion for a dis­count on gas pro­por­tion­ate to how much is spent at the store within any given month.

The sta­tion will not be ac­ces­si­ble to trac­tor trail­ers and will not carry diesel fuel.

“We’re not try­ing to bring peo­ple in off the high­way to buy our gas,” said Jack O’Hara of Weis Mar­kets. “We just want to sup­port the cus­tomers we al­ready have.”

Side­walks are al­ready present around the lot, but buf­fer bar­ri­ers and land­scap­ing fea­tures are planned to keep the lot nonob­tru­sive.

“We want to be good neigh­bors,” said O’Hara.

This site, which spans only three-tenths of an acre, al­ready has the proper zon­ing to be built into a gas sta­tion. The plan­ners need only fol­low proper pro­ce­dure for build­ing, but with mu- nic­i­pal and county ap­provals still needed, the Weis en­gi­neer­ing team does not an­tic­i­pate con­struc­tion to be­gin be­fore next spring.

Once con­struc­tion be­gins, all work will be on-site and will not dis­rupt traf­fic pat­terns along Ho­labird.

The Weis com­pany plans to present their plans to the zon­ing com­mit­tee this Fri­day, Aug. 5, at 1:30 p.m. at 105 West Ch­e­sa­peake in Tow­son.

PHOTO BY MIA MCCASLIN

John Lu­ciani, an en­gi­neer and sur­veyor who has worked with Weis for more than two decades, presents the plans for the land­scap­ing sur­round­ing the lot.

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