Hearing for Mini Mart/Gas Station at Hillhurst and Sevier

There has been talk for the last few years that the commercial 2.5 acres on the corner of Hillhurst and Sevier was to be a low profile mix of retail businesses and offices. It was to blend with the heavy residential character of the neighborhood and be a particular attraction to pedestrians. That hasn’t happened. A notice for a pre-application conference was made public for use of that property for a gas station and mini market. The hearing is Tuesday July 9 at 1p at RACC, Enterprise Room. It is open to the public. This is a meeting you will want to attend if possible. If not, see information at bottom of post to send in your comments.

How can a gas station/mini market improve that neighborhood? Ridgefield has done a wonderful job of encouraging trail systems and pedestrian friendly sidewalks in all new developments—gas stations attract cars. All Ridgefield street lighting is “dark sky”— “low” lighting is not typical of gas stations, plus having a mini mart in a residential neighborhood is not consistent of what we need in Ridgefield.

Students walk by to and from school daily, and a public park is nearby—additional cars pulling in/out of a gas station and typical clients of quick stop mini-markets pose a hazard.

On the bottom of the Pre-Application Conference it says: “If you are unable to attend, please mail or e-mail written comments prior to the meeting date. Your comments and participation are welcomed and appreciated”. The notice lists Claire Lust, Associate Planner, e-mail: claire.lust@ci.ridgefield.wa.us (It also says the file information is available for review at the community development dept. at 510-B Pioneer St.)

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