2016-08-17 / Front Page

Hearing Tuesday on permits for new Sheetz store

by Kate Shunney


A former grocery store stands on the site Sheetz hopes to use for a new convenience store and gas station south of Berkeley Springs. A former grocery store stands on the site Sheetz hopes to use for a new convenience store and gas station south of Berkeley Springs. More than a year after it announced plans to buy property in Berkeley Springs for a new convenience store location, the Sheetz Corporation has submitted an application for local building permits to begin the project.

Morgan County Planner Alma Gorse received project plans in her office early this month as part of a commercial building permit application.

Sheetz, headquartered in Altoona, Pa. wants to build a new 5,420-square-ft. store at the corner of Winchester Grade Road (Route 13) and U.S. 522, roughly two miles south of Berkeley Springs. Company officials estimate the operation could employ up to 25 people.

According to plans submitted to the Morgan County Planning Commission the convenience store and gas station will be built on a 2-acre lot owned by Doris Barker and the late Jack Barker.

The convenience store building will have 44 parking spaces and will be set along with eastern edge of the property, with a retaining wall to the rear. Five gas pumps are depicted on the project plans.

Entrances into the convenience store and gas station will be located along U.S. 522 and Winchester Grade Road. A southbound turn lane already located at that intersection will be extended north to accommodate heavier traffic turning into the gas station.

Gorse said the West Virginia Division of Highways did not require that Sheetz install a traffic light at the intersection, despite concerns about traffic flow there.

A stormwater pond is depicted on the project plans along the U.S. 522 side of the property. The company plans to plant shrubbery or trees along the property lines to the north and east. Public water and sewer lines will feed the new location, if permits are approved.

The Planning Commission will consider the commercial building permit request at their August 23 meeting, set for 7 p.m. in the County Commission meeting room at the Morgan County Courthouse.

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that site would be great and

that site would be great and get more congestion out of Berkeley Springs!