Hamilton Street BP Station To Get Renovations, New Neighbor

Architect Jasvindir Arjani speaks to the zoning board at the March 1 meeting.

The BP station at Hamilton Street and Shevchenko Avenue will get a spruce-up and a new neighbor, all due to a March 1 Zoning Board of Adjustment approval.

The board approved a plan submitted by Gill Petroleum to add two more fuel pumping stations to the gas station, and build a 5,000-square-foot building on a currently adjoining vacant lot.

A convenience store – run by Bikram Gill, one of the company’s partners – will take up about 3,000 square feet of the new building, the board was told by Peter Lanfrit, the applicant’s attorney. There has not yet been a tenant secured for the remaining 2,000 square feet, he said.

A small retail store situated among the current gas pumps will be removed to make room for the new pumps, the board was told.

Gill Petroleum has owned the gas station since 2008, and in 2014 purchased the vacant lot next to it, Lanfrit said.

In addition to site plan approval, the board approved a use variance for the gas station, which is not allowed in the township’s Hamilton Business District zone.

When told the station would offer diesel fuel, board member Alan Rich asked how trucks would know to not come into the station to fill up. Gill said that truckers know not to go to commercial gas stations because the gallon-per-minute pumping rate is too slow for them.

Noting the proximity of the store and gas pumps, township planner Mark Healey asked if there would be enough room for cars to get to the store’s parking spaces if there was a long line at the gas pumps.

Project engineer Brian Shortino said there would because of the additional gas pumps. The extra pumps, he said, would lead to “greater efficiency.”

“we feel there’s a sufficient amount of room that that circumstance would be unlikely,” he said.

Vince Dominach, executive director of the Hamilton Street Advisory Board, said the board reviewed the plans and had no objections to them.

The board, he said, “is satisfied that the plans meet the intent of what is planned for the street.”

“It’s not perfect,” he said of the plan, “but it’s better than what they could have put there.”


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