Public Hearing: Costco Gas Bid Edges Closer To County Record

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 Public Hearing: County Council Building, 100 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD  See map
Press Release 
With 24 days of hearings held since April 26th, 2013 and five more scheduled for January and February of 2014, Costco's special exception bid for a gas station in Wheaton is inching closer to Montgomery County's all-time record of 34 days spent on the Suburban Hospital expansion project.
After Costco's case in chief wrapped up in early December, community's opposition case continues tomorrow, January 10th, and will concentrate on the potential health effects of placing the busiest gas station in Montgomery County a mere 118ft from single-family residences and not much further from an outdoor community swimming & tennis club and the down-county school for medically fragile children with special needs, including oxygen tanks and mechanical respirators.
The day will be spent on testimony from residents and opposition experts, including:

Dr. Maria L. Jison, MD, FCCP

Board certified in Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care and Internal Medicine, a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of lung illnesses, with a special interest in caring for patients with Asthma, COPD and chronic cough.

Dr. Patrick N. Breysse, PhD, CIH

Full professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; professor, School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; professor, School of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with nearly 30 years of experience conducting research and environmental health practice with a particular focus on indoor and outdoor air pollution.

Hearings are open to the public, run all day starting at 9:30am, with a break for lunch at the County Council Building, 100 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD. 
Tom King January 09, 2014 at 08:50 PM
Wheaton, south to the beltway, is loaded with gas stations close to residences and other commercial activities. Since I have been in this community, more than 40 years, there have been no mishaps or evidence of health problems from these.stations. WE WANT A COSTCO GAS STATION IN WHEATON! Tom.
Tom King January 09, 2014 at 08:55 PM
More from me. There is nothing like good old competition to stimulare the economy. A stimulated economy makes for more jobs. Do not be hoodwinked by so called experts! Sometimes they are full of it.
Tom King January 09, 2014 at 09:01 PM
To the planning commissioners:WE, (many of us) WANT. A COSTCO GAS STATION IN WHEATON! Tom said it.
Kathy Michels January 10, 2014 at 06:43 AM
This isnt just about a regular gas station! Where do you live Tom King? Would you sit you child near constantly idling cars on a daily basis. If Ever?
Malcolm Wilson January 10, 2014 at 08:21 AM
Tom, stop and ask the other gas stations how they feel about it. Yeah, competition from a standard two island 8 pump station is one thing, a "truck stop" complex like Costco will crush the other small stations. Not to mention the traffic. Getting in and out of wheaton plaza is a nightmare now and I don't believe our esteemed county council has any plans for fixing what they messed up with regards to traffic flow. Many of us don't want it....
Interrobang January 10, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Who is this press release from?
John January 18, 2014 at 12:49 PM
I lived near Wheaton Plaza for more than 40 years. It's way too congested to have a Costco gas station. Even if I owned stock in Costco, I would not favor a station at that location. Sadly, in the past, the County Councils have ignored the experts and everyone else whose views varied from what the members had already determined - so, there is no need for Tom to be concerned about what the experts say.


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