Speedway's request to add diesel pumps sparks worries over truck stop


Speedway officials say they have no plans to turn the gas station at 110 Opportunity Parkway, just north of Interstate 70 off Ind. 9, into a truck stop. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Concerned neighbors raising red flags about a potential truck stop at Interstate 70 and Ind. 9 have stalled a routine approval for a gas station’s business expansion plan this week.

Speedway is requesting the city of Greenfield approve changes on roads so three new diesel dispensers can be placed at the store at 110 Opportunity Parkway, at the entrance of Progress Park.

While the company insists it will not turn the convenience store into a truck stop, the Greenfield Board of Works couldn’t decide what to do with the request Tuesday after some members heard from worried residents about traffic, noise and a hindrance to economic growth in the industrial park.

Plans call for three pumps that would service two trucks at a time at the station. Joanie Fitzwater, director of planning for the city, said there are no showers or restaurants in the plans for the site – both of which are required to meet the Webster’s Dictionary definition of a truck stop. City zoning doesn’t allow for a truck stop there or anywhere else in Greenfield.

Fitzwater, who spoke to the Board of Works this week, said she understands why neighbors in the nearby Cranberry Estates housing addition would be alarmed, especially after they successfully fought against a proposed truck stop at the same site 12 years ago.

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