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No Raceway on Midlothian Turnpike at 288


A Raceway gas station will no longer be built on Midlothian Turnpike, between the Village of Midlothian and 288. The company interested in building the facility withdrew it's application.

A sign situated at the entrance of the nearby neighborhood clearly expresses the sentiments of people living near the proposed site.

It says "Application withdrawn...we won!"

For months, Midlothian residents attended meetings, started a website and placed signs and banners against the gas station in the area. They wrote to supervisors and knocked on doors. 

"People started realizing, 'yes, this is important to us,'" Danny Harvey explained. He was one of the leaders in the project. "And yes, this is something that's worth speaking out for."

All that speaking out caught Supervisor Dan Gecker's attention. He says he visited the site several times and did not believe the project proposed was a good fit for the property. 

"The applicant had an opportunity to amend the application but declined to do so and, instead, withdrew the rezoning application," explained Gecker.

Supervisors were slated to vote on the plan next week, but after being asked to tweak the plans, Raceway withdrew its application.

Supervisor Gecker went on to say, "future gas stations will be required to have a fuel spill capture mechanism around the fill area; and future gas station sites will be analyzed with regard to private wells in the area to determine the impact a leak would have on residents' water supply."

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