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‘It’s not a truck stop!’




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Wilson County News
April 30, 2014 | 5,331 views | 19 comments

FLORESVILLE -- A third convenience store is coming to the intersection of U.S. 181 and Standish Street (S.H. 97) here, following the Floresville Planning and Zoning Commission’s 3-0-2 vote at an April 24 special meeting.

This was the second time the commission voted on the proposal. At a previous special meeting April 17, the group unanimously rejected the proposal because of too many unanswered questions. A second special meeting was called because, according to Chairman Philip Vipond, the commission had no choice but to approve the final plat if all city regulations are being met. Furthermore, he said, the property formerly occupied by the Floresville Independent School District administrative offices already has a “commercial” zoning classification and no variances are being sought.

Unlike the previous special meeting, Scott Deskins of SCC Floresville Partners Ltd., Scott Hayne of CST Brands, and engineer Terry Rogers were present. The three, along with Vipond, all concurred that CST’s proposed convenience store was not a truck stop in the conventional sense.

“There’s no overnight parking and no showers,” Vipond said. “But it does have more diesel lanes than any other station in Floresville.”

“We’re projecting two to three trucks per hour. There are truck stops in both San Antonio and Karnes City,” said Hayne, whose San Antonio-based company operates approximately 1,900 Corner Stores in the United States and Dépanneur du Coin in Canada. “We’re a commodity convenience store.”

Despite previous talk to the contrary, Hayne said the new store -- which joins an H-E-B Express and Jet Star (Shell) convenience store located on the southwest and northeast corners, respectively -- will not operate under the Valero moniker, because two other stations are located nearby. Pruski’s Valero is located less than one block north and an E-Z Stop is located approximately 8 miles north, at the intersection of U.S. 181 and F.M. 775.

Cyndi Nichols of Floresville’s Permits and Code Compliance Office said the developer has met all conditions proposed by City Engineer Larry Heimer. And while the concept drawing for the property indicates that a McDonald’s restaurant also would be located there, she said that would not occur.

Hayne said entry and egress to the property would be a “right-in, right-out” scenario, in which southbound traffic on U.S. 181 could not make a left turn to access the front of the property, due to a raised curb structure known as a “pork chop.” A perimeter roadway would be constructed of concrete in an existing county-owned easement that borders the property, for use by southbound motorists.

Vipond and fellow commission member Teddi Harllee were required to abstain from the vote, due to their affiliation with the Floresville Chamber of Commerce. The organization’s Tourist and Visitor Center, which currently occupies a portion of the property, will have to be moved.

Following the commission’s meeting, the Floresville City Council voted unanimously to accept the final plat.

Also in attendance: Commission members Chris Talamantez, Jim Lawhon, and Ray Lamberth; City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, Mayor Diana Garza, and City Manager Henrietta Turner.

 

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squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
May 6, 2014 4:45pm
 
Concerned Granny.....I have faith that you will adjust to the busier conditions. The DFW area seems a lot less busy after being here almost 3 years.

 
concerned granny  
Floresville  
May 6, 2014 3:37pm
 
Franklin and Squawk, HEB brought us food, so not many complaints were made, the new lumber company is not by a very busy intersection, so not many complained. COMPLAINTS are made because 18 wheelers take up space, they will cause ... More ›

 
Franklin  
Floresville  
May 6, 2014 3:23pm
 
Right Squawk? What about when the new Wal-Mart was built? Bet no one complained then. And McCoy's? Anyone worried about all the traffic there?

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
May 6, 2014 8:07am
 
I don't seem to recall any traffic concerns when HEB and the shopping center was built. Only gratitude......times change.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 6, 2014 8:04am
 
Holly....Did you make that up....very clever and original....:-)

 
Holly  
Floresville  
May 6, 2014 7:54am
 
It's Not A Truckstop!! well, if it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, then it's a duck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
May 5, 2014 6:11pm
 
Maybe instead of jumping onto the businessman trying to make a buck, we need to jump onto the backs of our municipal and state elected officials. THEY are the ones who could do something about the traffic -- maybe even by introducing ... More ›

 
Franklin  
Floresville  
May 5, 2014 2:33pm
 
Jennifer, Traffic is going to get worse. When Richardson Chevrolet moves,the school district is going to use their current location as the new bus barn. Oh yeah,traffic is gonna get way worse.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 4, 2014 7:39am
 
The majority of traffic accessing C stores are already in the area. I think that's why they call them convenient.

 
Jennifer Guevara  
Abilene, TX  
May 3, 2014 5:06pm
 
Eventually, oil industry will recede, and what will happen with all these gas stations? I think more family oriented businesses should be kept inside city limits of Floresville. Coming from Karnes city there are several gas ... More ›

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