After listening to objections from several homeowners, a majority of Montgomery Village Board members expressed opposition Monday evening to a proposal to locate a gas station, car wash and a convenience store with a drive-thru Dunkin’ Donuts at the southeast corner of Route 30 and Gordon Road on the village’s far west side.
Board members Theresa Sperling, Doug Marecek and Steve Jungermann all voiced opposition to the granting of a special-use zoning permit requested for the Gas-N-Wash project proposed by GLR Ventures LLC.
“I like the use, I just don’t like the location,” Jungermann told his board colleagues.
Sperling said she believes the village needs a gas station west of Orchard Road, but said the GLR project would have too great an impact on the surrounding residential areas.
“I think it’s just too much for that location,” Sperling said.
Marecek said he is most concerned about the potential impact of increased exhaust fumes from the gas station on the residents living near the site.
Noting the proposed mix of uses on the site, Village President Matt Brolley expressed concern that the project is “too intense” given the size of the lot. He added that even with landscaping and the installation of a wall, the project could still negatively impact homeowners to the south of the site.
Brolley suggested the developers might want to “tweak the plan” by making some changes such as eliminating proposed diesel fuel pumps which would serve semi-trucks and passenger vehicles.
Earlier during the meeting, homeowners expressed a variety of concerns over the project, including the potential for increased traffic and traffic accidents on Route 30 at Gordon Road and increased lighting in their neighborhoods from the station site and vehicles that would use it. Some homeowners also said they are concerned the project would have a negative impact on their property values.
“It is going to destroy what we enjoy about living in Montgomery,” one resident told the board.
Last month the village plan commission adopted a recommendation in opposition to the special-use request. The board voted unanimously Monday evening to accept the commission’s recommendation.