Wheaton Costco gas station nixed by Montgomery planning board

The Montgomery County Planning Board has turned down a request by Costco to open a 16-pump gas station as part of its new warehouse store at the Westfield Wheaton Mall.

The board voted 3-2 Thursday night to recommend denial, citing potential health risks posed by long queues of automobiles close to residential areas. Members also said a retail gas business did not fit into long-term plans to reduce automobile use in the area around the Wheaton Metro station.

Transition proves tricky for new Annapolis mayor

Mike Pantelides has encountered friction over personnel changes and plans to cut spending.

Labor group sides with Braveboy for Md. attorney general

A Washington-area building trades organization has endorsed the Prince George’s delegate.

Md. lawmaker Darren Swain counters allegations

Md. lawmaker Darren Swain counters allegations

In police reports, suspects claim Del. Darren Swain used drugs with them.

More news about Md. politics

The gas station proposal has been fought by civic activists in Kensington for nearly three years. The Montgomery County Council unanimously voted last July to bar large stations within 300 feet of schools or recreation facilities, a measure specifically aimed at Costco. The company lobbied intensively against the law, which originally called for a 1,000 foot buffer.

After the council’s action, the company submitted a new proposal, moving the gas station site 300 feet to the east.

The board will send its recommendation to a hearing examiner and a final decision by the county Board of Appeals. The Costco store is scheduled to open next month.

 
Read what others are saying

    3 men shot in Southeast D.C.