Plans for a Royal Farms on the north side of Middletown still need to clear another hurdle before construction can begin.
Middletown Town Council on Monday approved a preliminary minor land development and construction improvement plan for the gas station and convenience store consisting of a 4,637 square-foot building.
The project will be located at the southwest corner of Summit Bridge Road and Armstrong Corner Road. There’s no building there now.
Jeffrey M. Bross, civil engineer for Royal Farms, said it was difficult to say when construction will begin because more construction plans will require town approval later. Construction drawings still need to be approved by the town, he said.
So far, the project hasn’t met any opposition.
Middletown Mayor Kenneth L. Branner Jr. opened the public hearing at the council meeting for anyone from the public to ask a question or comment. Nobody from the public spoke. A councilman pointed out the site will have a “Welcome to Middletown” sign.
The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the plan Nov. 16 with only a few questions. At that meeting, a couple who own the house next door, raised concerns about the lighting and trespassers, but they felt their worries were allayed by the soft LED lighting and berm planned for the site.
At the council meeting Monday, council also approved a record major land development plan for two warehouses in the Levels Business Park. One 12,000-square-foot warehouse will sit on 1.21 acres, the other 11,000-square-foot warehouse on 1.08 acres.
So far, the proposal hasn’t met any resistance. Council on Monday didn’t voice any objections. Neither did residents during the public hearing. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval.
The general use of the buildings will be warehouses and offices. Up to five tenants will occupy each building. Tenants could be a combination of either use, said Rick Woodin of Woodin and Associates, which represents the business park’s owner, Greenhill 100 LLC.