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Wheaton Costco Gas Station Hearing Scheduled for March

The Stop Costco Gas Coalition is concerned that the special exception hearing will be too soon for the group to present a strong response to Costco's application.

Opponents of the proposed Costco gas station at Westfield Wheaton have written two letters to the Board of Appeals for Montgomery County, requesting a delay of the hearing for Costco's new special exception application.

The Board of Appeals has issued a notice that the hearing is scheduled for March 11, 15, 18, and 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, Second Floor Davidson Memorial Hearing Room, at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. (See PDF attached to this article.)

The Stop Costco Gas Coalition is worried that there will not be enough time to review Costco's special exception materials and express concerns to the Planning Department (which will review the special exception and give a report to the Board of Appeals) by a deadline of Jan. 15, 2013.

The coalition is requesting that the hearing not be scheduled earlier than June 2013.

The Montgomery County Council approved a zoning text amendment this summer that prevented Costco from constructing a gas station in the original proposed location because of its proximity to a neighborhood pool. But Costco has submitted a new application that shifts the gas station east.

The new proposed location would still border the Kensington Heights neighborhood and would be closer to the Stephen Knolls School for special needs students.

For background on the Costco gas station issue and Zoning Text Amendment 12-07, see Wheaton Patch's topic page.

The hearing notice and the two letters by the Stop Costco Gas Coalition have been attached to this article as PDFs.

Strauchan January 07, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Linda, That is all very true except for the fact that, except for the rare 85+ year old holdout, every homeowner in the affected area freely chose to locate their family next to a major regional shopping mall with parking for 6,500 cars. It sounds cold, but I feel it is the same with the school. If you are truly concerned about high risk carcinogens, why would you choose to raise your family/teach your children next to one of the highest concentrations of carcinogen emitting vehicles in the County? The Mall was there first by decades, and given the already existing huge volume of vehicles going there for other reasons, I view it as the perfect location for a major gas station. Overall we'll probably lower the emissions in the County due to the already existing convergence of vehicles there.
Strauchan January 07, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Deb, Your concern is the already existing high volume of traffic, but you have always been in favor of the Costco. Did it ever cross your mind that the volume of traffic will dramatically increase once Costco opens? There are lots and lots of places to buy all of the things that Costco sells - under your logic, why do we need Costco at all, much less Costco gas? It is all economics - cheap staples and cheap gas. If we are lucky, maybe some of the ugly gas stations on Connecticut Avenue will go out of business and be replaced with something more attractive.
Dick Wad January 16, 2013 at 08:21 PM
I'll be there to fight for Costco.
Dick Wad January 16, 2013 at 08:22 PM
I'll be there in full force fighting for Costco. They saved the mall and pretty much saved Wheaton from going down a rat hole. Our property values are going up as a result.
Joe Galvagna January 17, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Everyone of your points are great but have no solid proof. You are just guessing at what could happen. We need more business and employment in Wheaton/Kensington. As to the question of my residence I live in Kensington 20895 and have since 1969. I love our town but hate what it has become. We need progress not protests. Cisco is not the complete answer but it is a start. Now if we can just get the polititions to work on cleaning up the undeserable elements in Wheaton/ Kensington maybe we can take back our County. You know what element I mean. Montgomery Co in in the crapper because of all the PC and entitlements. Lets band together and protect, support our working American citizens. There is plenty for us to protest and fight for a gas station is not worth the fight. We are loosing our complete way of life our democracy wake up people. We must pick our battles that effect our whole lives. In the big scem of things Cosco and its gas station is small compaired to what is about to befall our whole country in the next four years. Our liberties are being taken away from us one by one and you people are protesting a gas station. The way things are going all of us might need this gas station for employment justvto pay all the taxes emposed on us. Really wake up people I know I an scared you should be as well. God help all of us.

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