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Approval of curb alteration at Speedway station on hold again

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GREENFIELD — A decision on a gas station’s expansion plan at Interstate 70 and Ind. 9 has been delayed another two weeks amid neighbors’ concerns it could become a truck stop.

The Greenfield Board of Works has been asked to approve Speedway’s request to cut the boulevard at 110 Opportunity Parkway in Progress Park and make changes to curbs to accommodate trucks driving in and out of the station. The company plans to install three diesel pumps at the station, and will foot the entire bill for the changes to city streets at about $17,500.

The issue was stalled late last month, when the board voted 2-1 in favor of the agreement; but not enough members were present for the vote to count as a quorum.

Tuesday, city planning director Joanie Fitzwater said another delay was needed because representatives of Eli Lilly and Co. want to look over traffic studies to see how the gas station’s expansion could affect Elanco, whose headquarters are nearby.

“Speedway has gone above and beyond to say a truck stop will never be put on this site,” Fitzwater added.

Plans call for three diesel pumps that would service two trucks at a time at the station. There are no showers or restaurants in the plans, and city zoning doesn’t allow for a truck stop there or anywhere else in Greenfield.

“This is not a land-use issue we’re looking at here,” Mayor Chuck Fewell said. “It’s strictly a curb cut we’re approving as a Board of Works.”

But worries of a truck stop remain. Residents of Cranberry Estates just north of Progress Park say they fought against a truck stop 12 years ago, and they worry what additional traffic with this plan would mean.

Board member Dan Reigelsperger cast the lone dissenting vote last month, saying he had concerns Speedway could buy land nearby for a parking lot or expanded facilities in the near future.

Only one Cranberry Estates resident came to Tuesday’s meeting, Fitzwater said, and he did not speak publicly on the issue. In fact, once Fitzwater recommended the decision be tabled another two weeks, there was little discussion about the plans at all.

Fitzwater said afterward that the curb on Opportunity Parkway that Speedway proposes cutting is already being run over and damaged by vehicles. A new curb that can be driven over would mean better flow of traffic for large vehicles in and out of the station, she said.

“They want to replace it with a mountable curb that will be stamped in a brick (pattern) like our roundabouts,” she said.

The board meets next at 10 a.m. Feb. 25.

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