Mediation over proposed Parker's in Port Royal to continue

zmurdock@beaufortgazette.comNovember 6, 2013 

Images shows a compromise plan for a proposed Parker's convenience store in Port Royal, which was denied approval by the town council on Oct. 9, 2013.


Mediation to resolve differences over a proposed Parker's gas station at the intersection of Paris Avenue and Ribault Road will continue after Port Royal officials decided Wednesday not to revisit an Oct. 9 decision rejecting the project's latest design.

The council decided to stand by the earlier decision after an hour-long special executive session in council chambers.

Instead, both the town and the developer, Pinckney Enterprises, will continue to try to agree on a third design to present to council at a future meeting.

The council did not discuss the issue in public session Wednesday, but another evolution of the proposal is expected come up for discussion and a possible vote at next week's regular council meeting, council member Tom Klein said.

Plans for the gas station have been stalled for months.

The proposal council rejected in October was the result of a second round of mediation between the town and the developer, which filed a lawsuit in May to force mediation.

The council did not approve canopy designs at the station after the first round of mediation in July.

"We're going to come up with something nobody is happy with, but everyone can live with," town attorney Mary Lohr has said.

The town and developers have disagreed on the number of gas pumps at the station, placement of the building on the property and the design of the canopy over the gas pumps.

Council concerns have also included traffic patterns, safety and building appearance.

Special exemptions allow businesses such as gas stations design options that are more flexible than town code would otherwise allow, the town's Design Review Board chairman Andy Corriveau has said.

The council will next meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers at 700 Paris Avenue.

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