Council considers new design for Parker's station proposal

emoody@beaufortgazette.comOctober 2, 2013 

  • In other business, council:

  • Discussed financing options for a $445,000 firetruck the town is buying to replace one stolen by a man who struck and killed a pedestrian with it last year. A vote is expected Wednesday.

  • Discussed annexing and rezoning 591 Robert Smalls Parkway, the former Beaufort Fun Park. The property is bank-owned and no plans for development have been submitted to the town. A first vote is expected Wednesday.

  • Discussed facility renovations and progress on getting rid of broken down shrimp boats at the Port Royal shrimp docks.

  • Discussed updated plans for sewer additions and improvements.

  • Discussed marketing and branding proposals the Redevelopment Commission wants to solicit. Council is expected to vote on issuing a request for proposals Wednesday.

Port Royal officials are considering whether a new design for a Parker's gas station, created during mediation, will be a good fit for the town.

The station is proposed for the corner of Ribaut Road and Paris Avenue. Town Council is expected to vote on the design Wednesday.

The most recent design has the gas station centered in the middle of the property, and divides the gas pumps under two canopies, town manager Van Willis said.

"What it boils to is, basically, the original ... configuration and eight pumps split under two canopies," he said.

Parker's developers Pinckney Enterprises and town representatives met last week for about six hours.

The location of the building, canopy design and number of gas pumps have been among the issues delaying the project.

Pinckney Enterprises filed a lawsuit in May requesting mediation after it objected to the plan the town's design review board approved earlier. After the first round of mediation, town council rejected all options for canopies, leaving the project in limbo until new mediation was agreed upon.

Councilmembers continue to have concerns about traffic flow on Ribaut Road.

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