The applicant for the 7-Eleven and Shell that recently opened on Lacey Road will return to the Zoning Board of Adjustment once again to reduce its parking lot by four spaces.
Amended site plans for 7-Eleven and Shell were approved in March, nearly seven months after the construction of the convenience store was announced after several problems were resolved.
The 7-Eleven, which officially opened on Thursday, April 26, was originally built with a drive-through window but corporate policy changed, eliminating access to the store’s signature feature. Since then, the site underwent many changes.
One utility pole had to be relocated while another was removed. During the process of relocating the pole, JCP&L had to rework utilities above ground because there were not enough conduits below ground to service the auto-repair shop next door.
JCP&L also could not install the electrical box on the back of the 7-Eleven, which is not far from what would have been the drive-through window, to another part of the building.
Monitoring wells were also paved over during the construction of the store. The problem has since been alleviated, attorney John Marmora of K&L Gates LLP said.
The store opened without the drive-through window, the associated menu board and a canopy. The site was approved with 30 parking spaces for the public out front and four for employees in the back, where the drive-through would have been. The applicant is now seeking a variance to reduce parking.
The size of the gas station’s kiosk increased to 7-feet wide. The gas station has six dispensers plus an additional diesel dispenser.
The applicant was required to provide signage surrounding the back of the store that says “employees only” and “no trucks or thru traffic,” install concrete sidewalks from the back of the building to the front and block up the drive-through window.
The store will be holding a grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 9.
The zoning board meeting begins at the Municipal Building at 7 p.m.