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Changes planned for Sheetz location

Talks now involve two MC stores

April 30, 2008
By NICK MALAWSKEY, Sentinel reporter,
LEWISTOWN — Projects involving two Sheetz convenience stores have been a continuing subject of discussion at public meetings in Mifflin County.

Recently, the Sheetz corporation submitted plans to the Lewistown Borough Council which detail the company’s proposed project for its existing West Fourth Street site.

That project calls for the redevelopment of that store location with a larger, more modern building to be built.

On Tuesday, the company also was granted a variance for flood-plain zoning requirements for the Smith Gulf Station property at the corner of Freedom Avenue and Logan Boulevard in Burnham.

While the company has not formally purchased the Burnham Borough location, it has entered into an agreement of sale for the property, company representatives said Tuesday.

According to plans presented to the zoning hearing board, the company plans to build a 4,000 square foot convenience store at the Burnham site, with accommodations for fueling eight vehicles.

If constructed, the store will employ between 40 and 50 people in a mix of full- and part-time positions, said Steve Augustine, one of the Sheetz representatives at the meeting.

The plans presented to the zoning hearing board did not include any mention of the nearby Omega Bank location, but showed the store being constructed entirely on the 1-acre Smith Gulf lot.

Augustine said the location, situated as it is at the corner of the two streets, “fits into our current business model.”

Augustine said that determination was based on a variety of factors, including traffic volume at the intersection, which is estimated between 20,000 and 25,000 vehicles daily.

After formally purchasing the property, Sheetz would have to submit plans to the Burnham Borough Planning Commission and begin the land development process.

Across town in Lewistown Borough, the company has submitted plans to build a new store, perpendicular to the existing structure along its western property line.

That store will be about 1,000 square feet larger than the current store, which will remain in place until the new building is constructed, according to documents.

Once constructed, the old store and gas pumps will be removed and a new line of pumps installed.

Bryan Soyka, who represented Sheetz at the Lewistown Borough meeting in April, said the company “hopes to move forward and be under construction by June 1st.”

The council, which had not seen the plans prior to the meeting, intends to review the plans and will likely vote on the project at its May meeting.

Article Photos

Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER
Construction of a new store is scheduled to begin this summer at the Sheetz location on West Fourth Street in Lewistown. The company also is considering development of a second location in Burnham.



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