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Sheetz site plan approved at Rts. 3 & 206 intersection

A final site plan for a Sheetz service station/convenience store at Arnold’s Corner was approved last week on Nov. 12 by the King George Planning Commission. The request for the service station/convenience store was requested by Lee Garrison representing Woodland Drive Investments, and Sheetz, Inc.

The application for the final site plan met all ordinance requirements and did not involve any rezoning. The property is zoned General Trade District (C-2) and the proposed use is permitted by-right in the C-2 zoning district.

The location is identified as Tax Map 24 Parcels 15E and 15V and contains a total of 2.744 acres to the west of the Courthouse area at the intersection known as Arnold’s Corner.

The new service station/convenience store will be on the south side of Route 3 (Kings Hwy), across from the south end of Dahlgren Road (Route 206) where the road empties into Route 3.

Site preparation will include demolition of the existing single-family house, a garage and apartment building on the two parcels.  

The plan is for construction of a 6,489 square foot building with associated parking, entrance improvements and storm water management.

The service station/convenience store will have both indoor and outdoor seating.

The project will provide a total of 41 parking spaces, more than the 27 spaces required under the county ordinance.

It will be served by public water and sewer provided by the King George Service Authority.  

SECOND ENTRANCE TO BE CONSTRUCTED
The new service station/convenience store will have two entrances, with the second entrance approved by the Planning Commission.

Primary access to the site will be provided through the new entrance from Route 3 at the intersection.

The new entrance will be constructed to the west of the existing private access entrance at Arnold’s Corner Court. The new entrance will be line up with Dahlgren Road.

The existing entrance will be preserved to provide access to the adjoining properties.  

A memo contained in the meeting packet from Garrison Consulting Co., Inc., indicated that the design and construction of the new entrance will provide a ‘fourth leg’ at the existing intersection, which currently comes to a ‘T’.

The construction of that second entrance is expected to eliminate the need for new traffic and for the current traffic generated by any of the properties currently served by Arnold’s Corner Court to make a u-turn on Route 3 in order to travel west on Kings Hwy or north on Dahlgren Road, thereby eliminating a dangerous traffic situation.

The staff report also notes that the site plan is designed to provide a sidewalk, which will provide the opportunity to continue to develop pedestrian circulation networks among residential, commercial and recreational areas.

The request for the second entrance had received prior approval from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and it meets the county’s purposes for its Highway Corridor Overlay District (HCOD).
In addition to a dedicated right-turn lane, the project will involve replacing the existing traffic light signals at the intersection of Routes 3 and 206 at the expense of the applicant.

The roads entrance and signal plan are designed to be constructed to conform to VDOT standards.

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