Developer set for another try at New Pal corner site

NEW PALESTINE — The northwest corner of CR 600W and U.S. 52 in New Palestine is once again primed for development to allow a gas station and convenience store.

The Hancock County Board of Zoning Appeals Thursday approved on a 3-1 vote the landowner’s request for a special exception to allow a gas station on just over two acres.

A year ago, property owners Credo Investments and Dr. Trevor Lloyd-Jones sought and obtained approval to locate a Casey’s General Store at the northwest corner of the intersection; however, that approval expired after 12 months.

An attempt to place a convenience store in the form of a Ricker’s outlet across the street also foundered after a required gravity main sewer connection under U.S. 52 made the project too expensive.

Lloyd-Jones said the past year’s events have at least raised awareness of the development hurdles at the location.

“We now know what we’re up against, and any prospective company would know what it’s getting into up front,” Lloyd-Jones said.

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