July 19, 2018

Essex Zoning Commission to Vote on Reopened Convenience Store at Former Sunoco Station

The presently abandoned Sunoco gas station on Main Street in the Centerbrook section of Essex.  (Photo by Jerome Wilson)

The presently abandoned Sunoco gas station on Main Street in the Centerbrook section of Essex. (Photo by Jerome Wilson)

ESSEX— The zoning commission will vote at a March 4 meeting on the special permit application for a convenience store and reopened gasoline station at the former Sunoco station site at 1 Saybrook Road. Zoning Enforcement Officer Joseph Budrow said the panel agreed to schedule a special meeting after receiving a revised site plan from the applicant, Bestway 2 LLC of Norwich, at a public hearing Monday.

The partnership is planning to purchase the property, located near the Route 3 Exit 3 interchange, for use as a Sunoco gasoline station and convenience store. There would be no additions to the existing 1,800-square-foot building, which has been vacant for several years. The gasoline station would have eight pumps.

Budrow said the applicants submitted a revised site plan for the one-third-acre parcel that included the 14 parking spaces that are required for a retail grocery use under town zoning regulations. The revised site plan also closes an access on to Plaza Drive, an existing road that leads to a commercial development behind the property. Entry and exit from the site would only be on to Saybrook Road.

The commission continued to its regular March 18 meeting the public hearing on its own proposed zoning amendment that would prohibit new fast food restaurants and drive-through service windows in Essex. Budrow said the commission would review several recommendations on the issue from the planning commission, and also consider a report from the economic development commission opposing a total ban on new fast food restaurants in town.

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