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Burlington gives Sheetz greenlight to rebuild store on Alamance Road



Burlington’s city council has approved a rezoning request that will allow the Sheetz gas station chain to raze and rebuild its retail operations at 2628 Alamance Road.

Framed as a ‘limited use” form of general business zoning, the new designation, which received the council’s imprimatur Tuesday, has replaced a hyper-specific “conditional” classification that Sheetz had originally obtained when it decided to set up shop on this 1.62-acre parcel.

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Unlike the earlier designation, which had constrained the company to a particular site plan, the property’s new, limited-use zoning merely restricts the site’s allowable activities – enabling Sheetz to rebuild its existing store along a different configuration.

Todd Simmons, a civil engineer for the gas station chain, assured the council that his client doesn’t expect this project to have drastic impact on the surrounding area.

“It is our desire to build something new and better in that location,” he added. “The size of the building is roughly the same and the number of pumps is the same.”

Burlington’s mayor Jim Butler nevertheless observed that this property lies at the epicenter of some intersection improvements that the NC Department of Transportation has in the works along Alamance Road. Butler added that this project will eventually dump more traffic along a short side street called Sheetz Way, which serves as a rear entrance into the gas station.

“Obviously there’s a lot that’s going to change at this corridor,” he said, “and because there’s a median going in, the only way to make a left turn is going to be to utilize Sheetz Way.”

Butler acknowledged, however, that he doesn’t expect the company’s plans to have the transformative impact on traffic which he foresees from the DOT’s project. He went on to join the rest of the council in the 4-to-0 vote to approve the rezoning request. (Excluded from the vote count was councilman Ronnie Wall, who missed Tuesday’s council meeting due to a professional engagement out of town).

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