May 19 Update:
The city is observing the continued on-site improvements being made to the North Street Shell Station. The owner has yet to address the ongoing issue of the removal of the site’s many trees which acted as a natural sound barrier between North Street and the residential area behind the station.
The North Street Station will not be allowed to open until a settlement has been reached with the neighbors.
March 31 Update
Currently, the North Street Shell Station will not be allowed to open until a settlement has been reached with the neighbors.
Feb 19 Update
The building inspector will not issue a permit for any further construction until this problem is solved.
Feb 9 Update:
Paul Prevey received a copy of the letter which the building inspector sent to the owner of the gas station at 111 North Street advising him that he will not be issued an occupancy permit in view of his failure to cooperate with the neighbors. Paul Prevey also spoke with the city engineer who advised him that he has received requests from an engineering company that was hired to do work for the gas station owner. In view of his failure to cooperate with the neighbors, the city engineer will hold off on approving any work done by the engineering comp. until the gas station owners cooperates to the satisfaction of neighbors and city officials. The owner will have to take any appeal of this decision to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Issue: Many trees on the site of the under-construction North Street Shell station were chopped down, removing the natural sound and activity barrier shielding neighboring residential properties. Discussions between the property owner and the city are ongoing, and residents are requesting a new barrier – natural or man-made, be provided by the owner.