The St. Augustine planning and building director has denied the site plan of a proposed 7-Eleven convenience store / gas station combo in the historic neighborhood of Nelmar Terrance.
Residents have been protesting the project since last year saying the inclusion of a 24 hour 7-Eleven would be a traffic nightmare for the pedestrian-friendly businesses as well as the nearby Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. Back in October, two dozen residents took to the streets to protest and their efforts have paid off.
The St. Augustine Record reports:
Mark Knight, St. Augustine’s planning and building director, said he denied the site plan of a proposed 7-Eleven Corp. gas station and convenience store at the congested San Marco Avenue and May Street intersection.
In a letter this month to project engineer Andrew J. Petersen of Creech Engineers, Knight said the planning and building department “cannot approve the plans” for a store on that site.
He gave four reasons, two of which — incompatible wall lighting fixtures and no decorative cap on a knee wall — were fixable.
But the third reason, that the driveway onto San Marco is 35 feet wide, wider than the 24 feet maximum in city entrance corridor requirements, has become a sticking point.
The fourth reason is that the turning radius for trucks onto San Marco is too wide, larger than the 10 to 20 feet in the city requirements.
Project Manager Charlie Carpenter of Creighton Commercial Development declined comment Wednesday.
He referred questions to Margaret Chabris of 7-Eleven corporate communications, who did not return a call requesting comment.
7-Eleven, apparently hell-bent on crapping up the historic neighborhood, is expected to appeal within 2 weeks. A hearing has been set for Feb. 20 at the Historic Architectural Review Board at City Hall.
St. Augustine Denies 7-Eleven Permit [The St. Augustine Record]