Expansion Exception Sought For Gas Station

Posted: January 21, 1988

The Springfield Zoning Board will decide within 45 days whether to allow the expansion of a gas station at 1300 Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown.

The board Monday night heard the application of Harry K. Braun, owner of the Braun Brothers Citgo station, who is seeking a special exception that would allow him to build a service bay onto an existing garage.

He needs the exception because the expansion is larger than 25 percent of the existing structure, the maximum under the town's non-conforming-use ordinance. The gas station is a legal non-conforming use, said zoning chairman Russell Whitman, and is on property zoned for business use.

The expansion proposal calls for an 800-square-foot addition to 1,600 square feet of existing space, an increase of 50 percent.

The existing building occupies less than 10 percent of the 1-acre property, Whitman said. The addition would not greatly increase that, he said.

Residents at the meeting, however, expressed concern that if approved, the addition would increase traffic in the area.

In other action, the board heard the application of Rosa and Guiseppina Marino, who are seeking a variance that would allow them to run a day-care center at 240 Plymouth Ave. in Oreland.

The applicants want to convert the first floor of the building, once used as a store, to a day-care facility for toddlers and infants. The property is currently zoned for business use, which does not include day-care use. The board has 45 days to decide on the application.

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