WILLIAMSPORT -- A group of 45 Williamsport residents and property owners have filed a petition in Washington County Circuit Court announcing their intent to appeal the decision to allow a new, larger Sheetz to be built in town.
The Williamsport Board of Zoning Appeals voted 2-1 in July to grant a special zoning exemption to allow Bowman Development Corp. to build a Sheetz at the corner of Potomac and Artizan Streets, despite protests from residents that the new store would bring in too much highway traffic and diminish the downtown's small-town charm.
"That intersection ... is really the gateway to the town," said William Clipper, 65, of Burkittsville, Md., who owns a historic home near the site and organized the petition for appeal. "It's a historic town with an abundance of historic housing in it, and the new proposed Sheetz is just totally incongruous with that type of setting."
The new Sheetz would be about 4,000 square feet and would be built on the site of the former Red Barron furniture store, replacing the smaller store on the other side of Artizan Street, developers have said. Sheetz officials say the new site would allow for more parking, improved traffic flow and a more attractive, updated store.