Zoning board approves gas station-convenience store at 846 Main St.

This rendering of the gas station/convenience store at 846 Main St. was submitted by Phase Zero Design and Solli Engineering.

MONROE, CT — A plan to construct a gas station-convenience store at 846 Main St., on vacant property across from Tollgate Plaza, won Planning and Zoning Commission approval last week.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the application by a vote of 4 to 1, with Commissioner Leon Ambrosey the sole dissenter.

Ambrosey continued to express concerns over the site allowing left turns onto Main Street from its driveway on Route 25, which he says is too close to the traffic light at the intersection with Pepper Street.

Rick Schultz, the planning and zoning administrator, told the commission police and firefighters reviewed the traffic study for the plan and, though they found some traffic issues to be problematic, overall, they agreed with the report’s findings.

Ambrosey said he wanted to see a report from public safety officials, but Schultz said they only prepare one when they have a concern.

Voting in favor of the application were Chairman Michael O’Reilly, Vice Chairman Bruno Maini, Secretary Ryan Condon and Commissioner Robert Westlund.

Three D Realty LLC filed the application for the special exception permit and was represented by Solli Engineering during the hearing.

The RoadRunners will operate a gas station with 12 fueling positions and a 2,844-square-foot building will have two tenants, one for the convenience store and another for a business with a drive-thru. The hours of the businesses will be 5 a.m. to midnight.

Hussnain Gondal, managing director at The RoadRunners, said the company has gas stations in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The site, which is at the corner of Pepper Street and Main Street (Route 25), will have a driveway from Pepper Street, coming out to a traffic signal at the intersection with Main Street. It will also have a driveway directly on Route 25.

Last Thursday’s approval comes with several conditions.

Among them, the commission requested installation of an emergency generator, decorative stones under the canopy columns, and installation of sidewalks along Pepper Street as well as Main Street.

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