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Fredericksburg approves Quarles site for Lincoln Terminal
City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a request from Lincoln Terminal Co. to convert the Quarles Petroleum site into a storage and distribution facility for gas, biodiesel and ethanol.
During a public hearing before the vote, two people expressed concerns about the proposal, including former Councilman Hashmel Turner.
However, Councilwoman Bea Paolucci said each of his concerns had been addressed during the review process. Those concerns included safety and evacuation procedures. Paolucci noted that the fire department and fire marshal are satisfied with safety plans in place and have said no one evacuation plan can satisfy all scenarios.
Quarles Petroleum operates a propane distribution facility on 10.2 acres at 1500 Beulah Salisbury Road off Dixon Street.
The company plans to 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 after allowing time for residents of the Mayfield community to have their safety and traffic concerns addressed.
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.
Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972