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Inform Yourself About Costco's Push for a Mega Gas Station at Wheaton Plaza

Faxing in a simple form will get you on a Montgomery County mailing list.

Costco has now formally applied to Montgomery County for a special exception to the current zoning at Wheaton Plaza so that it can build a mega gas station close to its store.  You can get on the County's mailing list to receive updates on Costco’s application, such as hearing date changes, by becoming a "Party of Record."

To become a Party of Record mail or fax your contact information to the County's Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings.  I attached a copy of a form you can use to this blog posting.  You'll find the address and fax number for the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings on the form.  Make sure to sign the form before you submit it, that's a requirement for becoming a Party of Record.

You've probably surmised from the photo I used for this blog posting that I'm not a proponent but being a Party of Record will provide you with information whatever your stance is.  My take is that building the busiest gas station in Montgomery County on a parcel of land that's a fifteen minute walk to the platform of the Wheaton Metro would be an abysmal outcome for Wheaton and I don’t believe Montgomery County will let it happen.

The decision made on Costco's special exception application will impact Wheaton's traffic, environment, health, walkability, and livability for many years.  Become a Party of Record and stay informed.  

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Strauchan January 11, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Danila, I failed organic chemistry in college, so you've got my head spinning with all of the big worded compounds you are referencing. While I try to recover, do you mind if we change the subject for a minute. Do you think that when Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation he mentioned anything about freedom for the slaves to buy cheap Costco gas in Wheaton? Being serious though. I have already said that I don't support anything that is known to be a health issue for anyone. Period. The jury is out as to whether or not that is the case. We'll see soon enough. It an issue is scientifically identified, then the station should and will be denied. Your website, which presents rather biased and exaggerated concerns, is not the definitive word on the issue. It is fairly easy to discern that the real issue is that you simply don't want the gas station in your back yard, and are using the kids with "ventilators and oxygen tanks" as your shield. Are there really any kids there using ventilators, or is this another exagerated claim? I certainly hope not as it really is not a healthy spot for them to be in. If, as you say, the science has truly identified a serious health risk, there would be no need for this debate as the issue would have already been shut down. The fact that it is still open for discussion suggests that that is another of your grossly exaggerated statements.
Danila Sheveiko January 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Strauchan, if you failed organic chemistry, how can you determine that our concerns are "biased" and "exaggerated?" Is there anything you won't say? Oh, wait, you have just put in doubt existince of kids on oxygen tanks and mechanical ventilators at Stephen Knolls, so that answers my question.
ED January 12, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Commentous - that is exactly what concerns me. My original impression was that there was some structural problem that was delaying the opening. When Dick's opened, my concern was that the County was allowing shopper's underneath some structural problem. Now, Dick's is open and the only report that I have read came from Costco. I don't know what is going on, whether Dick's Sporting Goods is a safe place to shop and I would prefer that some newspaper investigate the reason for the delay. It seems to me that DPS would be a good place to start.
Commentous January 12, 2013 at 05:35 AM
ED--Your concerns are understandable. No one wants to die under a pile of rubble. My understanding--which comes from someone who seemed to have knowledge, but I didn't corroborate the story with anyone else--was that the cement contractor left lots of cracks that would affect Costco's ability to use small vehicles to move products within the warehouse. It wasn't a safety issue but the floor couldn't meet specs that had been agreed upon and Costco couldn't work with the way the floor had been put down, so parties (that did not include the County) had to figure out a resolution they could all live with. Like your rumor, none of this has been verified, so someone could have been blowing smoke, but it's what I was told.
ED January 12, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Commentous - Thanks for your information. It would be really great if some reporter got to the bottom of what's really going on. The cement issue sounds par for the course. I believe the Macy's garage had similar problems when it was built.

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