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Hearing on proposed gas station postponed

March 18, 2020
Ashley Fox , The Town Crier

Residents in Boardman and Canfield will have to wait a little longer to sound off on Meijer's proposed gas station.

The March 23 hearing on the matter has been postponed, said Krista Beniston, township zoning director. A revised date has not yet been announced, she said.

Beniston said Meijer withdrew its application for the proposed project, which would be at the intersection of Lockwood Boulevard and Tippecanoe Road.

The reason behind the withdrawal is because the company has listened to residents, Beniston said. Meijer is still asking for zoning changes to two parcels, one of which is zoned residential and another as commercial, to be both zoned as commercial.

People voiced concerns about traffic flow and having the gas station within view of homes.

"They listened to the concerns of the community and they wanted to come back with additional information," she explained.

Now, the company must once again go through the Mahoning County Planning Commission and township zoning commission, then the Boardman trustees.

Zoning board members, during a zoning commission meeting Jan. 21, denied Meijer's proposal for a gas station near the Lockwood Boulevard and Tippecanoe Road intersection.

The company anticipates investing about $20 million to build a 159,000-square-foot store on U.S. Route 224, which will employ about 250 people. The store is planned to open in 2021.

Crews began clearing 17 acres across from Creekside Plaza in February.

Beniston previously explained that in order for an application for a zoning change to be filed, the property owners must provide permission. In this case, Meijer provided purchase agreements from the two property owners.



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