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Sheetz May Come To Eckley's Corner After All

The gas station is asking for a conditional use permit from the Planning Commission

In 2010, Mentor City Council voted 4-3 against letting set up a gas station at Eckley's Corner Shopping Center.

However, three of the four people who voted against it are no longer on council and Sheetz is once again trying to set up shop at 7766 Lake Shore Blvd.

Sheetz has requested a conditional use permit and the Planning Commission could vote on it as early as Jan. 26.

The first time Sheetz tried to move in, some Mentor residents who lived nearby initially opposed the idea. However, a few of these neighbors changed their mind when Sheetz offered to make compromises, including getting rid of outdoor music and adding landscaping buffers.

The new permit request notes that the families who live directly south of the property support Sheetz's request.

"There are some modifications to the plan this time around," Mentor City Manager Kenneth Filipiak said. "So I think it will be better received."

Filipiak specifically said that outdoor dining would not be permitted. Instead, Sheetz would add extra space indoors to eat. The service station would also have landscape buffers and make sure its lighting complies with city code.

City Council President Scott Marn, who voted for Sheetz last time, said the business is listening to the demands of nearby homeowners.

"They've been working with the neighborhood and adjacent properties," he said.

Council Vice President Ray Kirchner, who also voted for Sheetz, said he hopes that the unoccupied Eckley's Corner will soon have a business again.

"Hopefully, we'll be able to replace an eyesore that's been there awhile with a new building, new business and new jobs," he said.

If Planning Commission approves the permit, City Council does not need to approve it, also. However, they can vote on it if they so choose, which is what happened in 2010.

At the time, Council Members Ronald Micchia, Ed Walsh, Lou Aliberti and Carolyn Bucey voted against the permit. However, Aliberti, Walsh and Micchia are no longer on Council.

Sheetz's permit request is attached to this story as a PDF.

Pathfinder January 12, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I don't consider myself an overly religious man, but THANK GOD! That corner has been an eyesore for too many years now. See what the power of the popular vote can do? You're next, Bucey.
Matt January 13, 2012 at 01:32 AM
I couldn't agree with you more Pathfinder. This eyesore is long overdue for an upgrade and Sheetz will be a great fit.
Erik Clarke January 13, 2012 at 01:50 AM
During the 2010 campaign, John Kreuger and myself campaigned heavily on this issue and it turns out that we were right about bringing jobs into the city and improving the city by getting rid of empty buildings. I hope to see this move through council appropriately as it should have been done in 2010.
Pat O'Donnell January 14, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Let's be long-sighted here folks. Sheetz provides cheap gas (not the same as inexpensive gas) and cheap snacks and will provide but a few low-paying, part-time jobs. Additionally, Sheetz, like Walmart, will drive current and long-time employers out of business...loosing jobs, creating more vacancies, and harming loyal Mentor business owners, employers, and providers of quality services and products.
Matt January 14, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Pat what loyal "Mentor" business owners that provide quality and services would be affected by the addition of SHEETZ? When I attended the council meeting Sheetz said their managers make over 35K. What type of cheap gas do they provide? Is it different then the Marathon or Get-Go stations in the immediate area? Finally what about the workers who would be employed in the construction of this facility that would put money in their pockets? Funny how all you read on these blogs are about the vacant buildings and here is an opportunity to demolish one and replace it with one that would create jobs and competition.
Connie Mason February 02, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I would think there would be more jobs open if they would rent out all the little storefronts that are already there. What about the Marathon station across the street? It could destroy his gas business. He already has to compete with Giant Eagle gas. Plus Sheetz is soooo bright and big. I think of that corner as small town. It's not like there's a major intersection there for them to get a lot of business. I don't see why they would want that location. I'm afraid I would not be one of thier customers. I don't think this town needs 'new' anything. There are already enough empty buildings. I understand why people are moving away to Concord, etc. This is not New York City! This is Mentor (and Mentor on the Lake) - what was a great place to raise a family.

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