Gulf Services Inc. Proposed Special Permit Denied
The ZBA (Zoning Board of Appeals) held a public hearing (remotely) Wednesday November 18th to decide the fate of a request for a Special Permit by Gulf Services Inc. to operate a gas/service station at 799 Washington Street in the center of downtown.
The property which has been vacant for many years formerly served as a service station and prior to that also had gas for sale.
The board discussed numerous items with the attorney representing Gulf Services Inc. including traffic, roof lines, parking, and the shed to the rear of the building which more recently has housed vagrants.
The Special Permit with conditions would have allowed the site to once again be utilized as a gas/service station.
ZBA member Mark Bush seemed to sum up the feeling of the board. He stated he was very pro-development and business. “We’ve got enough gas stations and sure as hell enough service stations and used car lots”. Bush went on to say, “the village has struggled for and identity for decades” and he felt the site could find a better use.
Board member Jay Peabody voted to approve the Special Permit while the remainder of the board cast nay votes.
Chairman John Love thanked Gulf Services for their time and efforts. The Gulf representative said it’s a tough site, and clearly not made to succeed from the beginning.
The entire hearing can be seen here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f4qmJWUhXEpnz2PGFsY59yLURZdsFlwD/view