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Sheetz coming to Rock Hill district

A Sheetz convenience store and gas station got the stamp of approval from the Board of Supervisors Tuesday night.

The store will be located at the intersection of Garrisonville and Furnace Road on a 21-acre parcel that was originally planned to be an office complex. The site is near the Vista Woods community.

No development has occurred on the property since it was rezoned in 2004.

The two unanimous votes by supervisors allowed the store to get a conditional-use permit for fuel sales and a convenience store, and to amend the proffers that were originally set for a planned office complex. Proffers are conditions set forth by the developer to mitigate the impact of the development on county services.

The gas station and store will be part of a larger commercial retail and office complex. The amended proffers support the gas station and store in addition to a new site layout. That new layout identifies the potential for six pad sites, including three fronting on Garrisonville Road. The future uses, other than the Sheetz, have not been identified, according to a county staff report.

During the public hearing, some residents worried about the impact that the traffic will have on the area. A transportation analysis said that the Sheetz store will generate 2,346 vehicle trips per day at its highest volume. Another resident said that the parcel is on a floodplain.

One other resident was supportive of the project, glad that a gas station would now be on his travel route.

B. Judson Honaker of Furn 610, LLC was the applicant for the reclassification. Joseph Sheetz of Sheetz Inc. applied for the conditional use permit.

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