Weis proposes Gas ‘n’ Go on Holabird
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.
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.