“Speedway is proposing a 4,600-square-foot gas station and convenience store,” Township Planner Stacey Fedewa said. “They are requesting four departures from the Zoning Ordinance.”
The Zoning Ordinance departures include:
— Requesting a total of 28 parking spaces, where only 13 spaces would be permitted.
— Requesting each fuel island canopy has 16-foot, 6-inch vertical clearance, plus a 4-foot roof height, which totals 20 feet, 6 inches in overall height.
— Requesting a ground sign with a total size of 72 square feet and a total height of 7 feet, 10 inches. It would be located 20 feet from the property line and 32 feet from the road edge.
— A request for two 40-square-foot message board wall signs on both sides of the building.
Fedewa said the applicants are also requesting a waiver that requires all commercial uses to be screened from adjacent parcels that are zoned residential or agricultural. A waiver can be granted if there is at least a 200-foot distance from the commercial property and the nearest residential structure, and the waiver expires as soon as a residential structure is located within 200 feet of the property.
Officials say there is currently more than 1,000 feet between the proposed PUD and the nearest residential structure.
Work on getting the store built near the corner of U.S. 31 and Hayes began back in 2015, when developers submitted a planned unit development application to develop a portion of the site on the northwest corner of Hayes Street and 172nd Avenue.
A public hearing was held for this application on July 6, 2015, and tabled to allow project developers time to address Hayes Street improvements that came about via a traffic impact analysis. Since that time, conceptual approval has been granted by the Ottawa County Road Commission and Michigan Department of Transportation, and the plan includes a new left turn lane into the site from Hayes Street.
Developers say truck traffic would enter the site from 172nd Avenue.
On Feb. 15, the Planning Commission adopted a motion to recommend that the Township Board conditionally approve the Speedway and North Star Commercial PUD application.
Township officials say the site would be developed in two phases, with the first phase including the gas station/convenience store. The store would be open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Alcohol sales is not proposed for the store at this time.
The new station will have a fueling canopy with seven pump islands and 14 fueling stations, and a commercial fueling canopy with four pump islands and three fueling stations.
“Each of the canopy columns will be clad in masonry,” Speedway architect Mike Bergman said. “Each of those columns will have a (decorative) corbel.”
Also featured at the site will be an outdoor seating area and an outdoor area for seasonal merchandise, which will be enclosed with ornamental metal fencing, Bergman said.
Officials say the second phase of the PUD would be 4.25 acres for future retail and commercial development. It would be based on market demand, and would require a PUD amendment application.
The Township Board will likely take a final look at the Speedway PUD application during its March 28 meeting.