Beaufort News

Port Royal gas-station plan tied up in legal battle

Developers of a proposed gas station have filed a lawsuit opposing a Port Royal board's design recommendation, says the town manager.

Town Council met in a 30-minute closed meeting Wednesday to discuss possible resolutions to the suit filed by Parker's gas stations, town manager Van Willis said. Council members then voted to table action on plans for the station and convenience store proposed for the intersection of Paris Avenue and Ribaut Road.

A special meeting could be later this month to revisit the issue, town manager Van Willis said.

The town's design review board has recommended six pumps and various design elements. But Willis said Parker's was "not pleased" with the recommendation and filed the suit against the town several months ago. That led to mediation a few weeks ago between the town and the developers, and the closed meeting with council Wednesday was related to that mediation, Willis said.

The town and Parker's have differed on such things as the design of a canopy and the building's placement on the lot, Willis said.

A copy of the lawsuit was not immediately available Wednesday night.

OTHER BUSINESS

In other business, Port Royal Town Council:

  • Discussed operation of the Port Royal shrimp docks. Willis said a part-time operator has been hired.
  • Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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