2015-10-31 / Front Page

Sheetz decision nears

Council meeting Wednesday

 Coudersport Borough Council will convene for another public meeting on the proposed expansion or relocation of the Sheetz convenience store.

It’s scheduled for 6:30 pm Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Coudersport Borough Maintenance Facility on Damascus Road.

Members will hear proposals for redesign of the Coudersport Arboretum, land swaps, or other options to accommodate Sheetz’s plan.

In May, Sheetz offered the borough $206,000 for a one-third acre section of the park so the store could expand to the west and occupy a parcel now occupied by a C&PA Railroad caboose and landscaping.

Council initially voted to reject the offer, but the concept is still on the table.

Borough Manager Beverly Morris said council is keeping an open mind toward any suggestions brought to the public meeting.

“We’ve had some inquiries, but we have no way of knowing what will be proposed,” Morris said. “Anyone with an idea can present it to council that night.”

Petitions bearing more than 850 signatures were presented to Borough Council in September, urging members to leave the arboretum as it is. The park contains dozens of trees, ornamental lamp posts, benches, bricks and other items purchased as memorials to loved ones.

Proponents claim an expanded Sheetz would allow for the addition of jobs, a wider selection of products, less traffic congestion at a busy intersection, and more parking.

Under one scenario, the caboose and some other park elements would be moved to a lot at South Main and Maple streets. A converted home on that lot, now occupied by Rep. Martin Causer’office and other tenants, would be demolished.

Among other alternatives under discussion is a plan for Sheetz to expand onto the caboose area of the arboretum, while the park is reconfigured to use property now occupied by Coudersport Service Center.

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