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Elyria Shell station expansion moves to full Council for vote

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ELYRIA — TrueNorth Energy, which operates the Shell gas station at 905 Lorain Blvd., has plans to expand the site with more pumps and a convenience store to be built next spring.

The news was announced Monday during a meeting of Elyria City Council’s Community Development Committee. Rick Turner, a senior project manager for Diamond Z Engineering in Cleveland, said TrueNorth has plans to take the current store and pumps and expand it, using two additional neighboring parcels to build a 4,000-square-foot brick convenience store and additional diesel fuel pumps.

The other parcels it will use are at 915 Lorain Blvd. and 526 Bell Ave., including a former laundromat to the east and the former Ohio Highway Patrol post building behind the Shell station, he said. The project would require those parcels be rezoned from “Business Neighborhood,” or B-N, to “Business Automotive Oriented,” or B-OA, which was the reason for his appearance before the committee.

Councilwoman Donna Mitchell, D-6th Ward, expressed concern about traffic at the intersection, which she said already is a concern, but Turner said the designs of the proposed store and gas station “addresses that” concern and that the design includes “provisions for all eventualities,” with entrances and exits off the property onto Bell Avenue.

The committee voted unanimously to send the rezoning request onto full Council for a vote. Turner said the matter must still go before several other city panels, including its Planning and Design Review commissions.

The committee also learned that the City Engineer’s Office has worked out payment for two easements required for the completion of the next phase of the East Side Relief Sewer along Abbe Road. City Engineer John Schneider said The Cross Community Church at 525 N. Abbe Road agreed to give the city an easement for the relief sewer work that will cross its property.

An appraiser put the value of the easement at approximately $65,000, Schneider said. Rather than accept the cash value, Schneider said the church asked that the city instead pay the cost of paving its parking lot, a project Schneider said was of approximate equal value.

A second easement between the city and Constellation Schools’ Elyria Community Elementary at 300 N. Abbe Road worth slightly more than $30,000 also was agreed to, with the school accepting the cash value of the land given by an appraiser, Schneider said.

Both the cash payment and the parking lot project will be paid from wastewater improvement funds and will be bid out within one to two weeks, Schneider said.

The committee also voted to recommend to City Council not request hearings for two liquor license requests/transfers for businesses in the city. One is a transfer from Hanan Food & Gas Co. at 824 Middle Ave. to Amneh Food Corp. at 1600 Middle Ave., and the other a request from Cookies’ 10 Pin bowling alley, at 252 S. Abbe Road, for Class D5 and D6 licensing.

The Elyria Police Department had no objection to the requests and cited no previous issues with either, committee members learned. Both requests will go to full Council for a vote.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.
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