New Gas Station Planned for East Liverpool Property

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Plans are moving ahead for construction of a large service station at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Mulberry Street in East End, pending final approval of a zoning change request.

Property owners Jean-Pierre and Josee Daniel, Homestead Avenue, appeared at a public hearing before the city Planning Commission to request a zoning classification change from R-3, High Density Residential, to B-4, Highway Business, for eight parcels of land they have acquired between Mulberry Street, First Avenue, Locust Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

According to Josee Daniel, plans call for vehicle filling areas covered with canopies for both gasoline and diesel fuel, as well as a convenience store selling food, primarily what she called “breakfast food.” 

“It’s not a restaurant – just a gas station,” she said.

While they declined to identify the company they plan to bring to the location, the Daniels said if the zoning change is approved, they expect construction to begin in the spring, with completion anticipated within 18 months.

First Street resident Alma Johnson, the only audience member at the hearing, said she came initially to voice opposition to the plan due to concerns about noise from trucks using the facility.

However, she told the commission that, after speaking to the Daniels before the hearing, she was satisfied that their plans to have the rear of the building facing her street will decrease the noise level.

Two parcels in the area designated for the construction have not been purchased by the Daniels, and Josee Daniel said they have spoken with the owner regarding the city zoning requirement for a 30-foot buffer between their business and the property.

With members Mayor Greg Bricker, Service-Safety Director David Dawson and Mario Hernandez absent, the commission voted 5-0 in favor of recommending the zoning classification change to City Council.

Planning Director Bill Cowan said after the hearing that City Council must hold a public hearing regarding the zoning request prior to voting.

This is the second zoning change approved for the project, with the commission and City Council approving in 2020 a classification change from B-1 and R-3 to B-4 for other parcels.

At that time, the Community Improvement Corporation also dealt with the same project, agreeing to purchase three vacant lots at $2,200 each from the county Land Bank to incorporate them into the development, with reimbursement to the CIC from the developers.

The Daniels also own the Shell gas station on St. Clair Avenue in the city and JP’s Pizzeria in Calcutta.

Pictured at top: The corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Mulberry Street in East Liverpool is being eyed for construction of a gas station.

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