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Plan for DeLand RaceTrac up for county vote

The parcel in question, at the corner of Kepler Road and State Road 44 in DeLand, where a RaceTrac gas station has been proposed.

The parcel in question, at the corner of Kepler Road and State Road 44 in DeLand, where a RaceTrac gas station has been proposed.

 

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the county planning board will review RaceTrac Petroleum’s request to build a convenience store with 14 fuel pumps at a busy crossing on DeLand’s east side.

RaceTrac is asking for approval to develop a 5,500-square-foot store on 4.1 acres on the southeast corner of the intersection of State Road 44 and Kepler Road.

The owner of the property, Fifth Third Bank, had proposed to build a bank with drive-thru facility, but dropped the idea. The parcel already has commercial zoning, but RaceTrac is asking for a Business Planned-Unit Development (BPUD) classification. 

The request was supposed to be heard by the Volusia County Planning and Land Development Regulation Commission June 13, but the company asked for a delay because PLDRC Chairman Frank Severino could not attend. 

Representatives of RaceTrac did not attend that meeting, but several people in the vicinity of the property in question, especially around and near Lake Winnemissett, did show up to voice concerns about traffic congestion in the area. They also expressed concern about motorists using neighborhood streets as alternatives to avoid the congested intersection during busy times of the day. 

Noting the applicant’s absence, the PLDRC postponed the public hearing until September. 

The property RaceTrac is eyeing for a store is diagonally across from a Circle K service station that also has multiple gas pumps. 

The PLDRC meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the County Council Chambers of the Thomas C. Kelly County Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand. The meeting is open to the public.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the commission will vote to recommend to the County Council whether to approve or deny RaceTrac’s request. The County Council has the final say, and will vote on the proposal at a later date, usually the following month. 

- Al Everson, al@beacononlinenews.com

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