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Council will consider fuel storage facility

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Fredericksburg City Council will hold six public hearings on Jan. 14, including a request from Lincoln Terminal Co. to convert the Quarles Petroleum site into a storage and distribution facility for gas, bio-diesel and ethanol.

Quarles Petroleum currently operates a propane distribution facility on 10.2 acres at 1500 Beulah Salisbury Drive off Dixon Street.

If the City Council approves an amendment to a special-use permit, Quarles would sell the property to Lincoln Terminal and move its operation across the street to the 2.47-acre site where Service Tire Truck Center now operates. That property is in neighboring Spotsylvania County.

The Planning Commission voted in support of the amendment at its Dec. 11 meeting. It had initially delayed action to allow residents of the Mayfield community to have their concerns addressed.

After representatives from Quarles and Lincoln Terminal attended a Mayfield Civic Association meeting in November, residents were satisfied with the proposal and safeguards in place.

The site is along the Rappahannock River beside Dixon Park and across the street from Mayfield.

Lincoln Terminal, owned by Lincoln Energy Solutions Inc. of Greenville, S.C., plans to invest $7 million to convert the Quarles site, including installing six additional tanks and adding landscaping.

The Lincoln Terminal request is the first of the public hearings set for Jan. 14. The council may act on each of the issues after listening to public comments.

Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers of City Hall, 715 Princess Anne St.

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972


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