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Public hearing planned in August on Livingston gas station

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    Measuring 4,800 square feet, the proposed combination of a convenience store, cafe and gas station is planned for the northern end of intersection of Routes 9, 9H and 23.
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    Livingston Planning Board members hear from residents in May about the plans to build a new gas station at the northern end of the intersection of Routes 9, 9H and 23.
July 15, 2019 10:02 pm

LIVINGSTON — Another public hearing is scheduled for residents who want to comment on the proposed gas station at the northern end of the intersection of Routes 9, 9H and 23.

The gas station proposal by Global Partners consolidates three parcels to create a 3.08-acre lot to accommodate a 24-hour gas station, convenience store and an Alltown Fresh cafe.

At 4,800 square feet, the proposed combination of a convenience store, cafe and gas station would sit across the intersection from the Xtra Mart, which is also owned by Global Partners and houses the Bells Pond Diner.

Wednesday’s meeting of the Livingston Planning Board at Livingston Town Hall, 119 County Route 19 was the sixth opportunity for the public to comment on the site plan application by Global Partners. The Fourth of July holiday meant that July’s meeting of the town Planning Board was rescheduled to July 10.

Rob Ousterhoudt, project manager with Bohler Engineering, who is in charge of presenting the plans gave an update about some of the information submitted to the Planning Board in response to residents’ inquiries.

“The DEC [Department of Environmental Conservation] confirmed there are no wetlands on the project site,” Ousterhoudt said. The project is located more than 100 feet from state DEC jurisdictional wetlands.

Information including the groundwater impact response, data reports on well flow, comments in response to the planning board’s consultant engineer, Crawford and Associates, and comments from the DEC were submitted to the board and residents for review, Ousterhoudt said.

The information from Global partners is available at the town clerk’s office. Global Partners provided the town with a CD containing electronic files of its plans and updates, as well as hard copies, Ousterhoudt said.

“We’re really here tonight to answer any questions,” Ousterhoudt said. “And also request the board schedule a public hearing for the August meeting.”

Both members of Livingston Concerned Citizens and the Livingston planning board have expressed at prior meetings concerns about what will happen to the current gas station site and whether it will be remediated.

An updated restoration plan for the Xtra Mart was submitted to the town and will be available for public viewing, Ousterhoudt said.

At Wednesday’s meeting, few questions were asked compared to previous meetings, but two residents asked what impact idling trucks with heated cabs and coolers will have on the air quality.

The public hearing will be Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. The board asked Global Partners to submit documents in a timely manner in case the public has a chance to review the documents before commenting on the plans at that time.

Questions or comments on the project can be submitted to LivingstonPlanning@gmail.com and to LivingstonTownClerk@yahoo.com.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.