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Plans for Williamsport Sheetz stores under consideration

July 26, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION and JULIE GREENE
  • The sites of the existing Sheetz convenience store in Williamsport and a proposed new store nearby.
Chad Trovinger, Graphic Artist

WILLIAMSPORT -- There has been some interest in turning the current Sheetz store property in Williamsport into another commercial operation, according to an attorney involved in a plan to construct a new Sheetz store nearby.

Although some people have expressed an interest in another commercial operation at the site of the current store building at 100 E. Potomac St., no agreements have been reached, Hagerstown attorney Travis W. Poole said Monday.

At one point, town officials expressed an interest in having the property and possibly using it in connection with Byron Memorial Park, which is directly behind the store, Poole said.

Williamsport Town Council member Timothy W. Fraker said Monday that council members had not talked about the old store.

A proposal has been made to build a new Sheetz store nearby at the intersection of Artizan and Potomac streets.

The push to build a new store has been considered for some time and last year, Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III issued an order upholding a zoning decision that allows a new Sheetz.

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Boone dismissed an appeal by a group of 45 Williamsport residents and property owners who argued the town's zoning ordinance prohibits the sale of petroleum products in the Town Center district.

Opponents were concerned the new Sheetz would bring more traffic, noise and pollution to the downtown area and detract from the historic homes around it.

In a repeat of a previous proposal, the owner of the property at Artizan and Potomac streets is requesting that the Williamsport Town Council abandon part of an alley on the property as part of a plan to build the new Sheetz, according to town documents.

Council members scheduled a public hearing on the alley closure request for Aug. 9 at 6:15 p.m.

Leaving the alley in place would limit flexibility to develop the site, the developers have said.

"We know the town (wants) to make sure this is a nice-looking site. To do that, we need all the space we can get," said Poole, who is making the alley closure request on behalf of Higher Ground Realty, LLC, the owner of the property where the new store would be built.

Poole said the design of the new store will include brick and a dark red trim, and will be similar to the Sheetz store at Huyetts Crossroads.

Town council member Joan Knode said Monday she did not know how the council will react to the alley closure request.

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