Mr. Fuel drops bid for new truck stop
MILFORD – A Missouri-based oil company has throw in the towel on its bid to establish another Mr. Fuel truck stop in the Carmel Church area.
Arogas Inc. withdrew its application this week, planner Angeline Pitts informed the Caroline County Planning Commission during its work session Wednesday night.
Arogas, which already operates a Mr. Fuel truck stop in Carmel Church, was seeking permission from county officials to establish a new truck stop on property at the intersection of Rogers-Clark Boulevard (Route 207) and Carmel Church Loop (Route 652) near the McKesson distribution center.
If Arogas had not withdrawn the application, the request would have gone to the Board of Supervisors for a final decision.
The Planning Commission had voted unanimously in late April to recommend the supervisors turn down the request. Commissioners rejected the company’s plans because there already are four truck stops in the vicinity of the busy Interstate 95 interchange, and they had concerns about increased truck traffic.
Pat Manning, president of Arogas, stood before the Planning Commission last month and promised $150,000 in annual county tax revenue and 30 jobs if the county would allow him to establish another truck stop.
The company sought to withdraw two proffer amendments that apply to a pair of contiguous parcels comprising 10 acres. The property is located on the south side of Rogers-Clark Blvd. and along Route 652, opposite the entrance to McKesson, in the Mattaponi District.
The withdrawal of one proffer would allow Arogas to develop a truck stop on the site.
Nancy Albright, who lives on nearby Patterson Lane, opposed the project during the Planning Commission meeting in April. “I’m incredulous that we are even discussing another truck stop. These gentlemen don’t live in the area,” said Albright, referring to the applicants and consulting engineers. “They have no interest in this area other than to make money. We should learn our lesson from the other three truck stops.”
The project also was opposed by Gary Wilson, director of the county’s department of economic development and tourism. Approving another truck stop in the area would add to problem truck traffic and hinder other business recruitment, argued Wilson.