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New gas station on agenda

Proposals for a rezoning that would allow a new convenience store/gas station on West Gore Boulevard and action that would allow Lawton Police Department to seek federal funding will top a light agenda when the City Council meets today.

The session begins at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Lawton City Hall, Southwest 9th Street and C Avenue, and takes place the same night that residents in Wards 6, 7 and 8 will decide on their council representatives.

The zoning proposal centers on 16.5 lots along the south wide of Gore Boulevard, stretching east to west between Southwest 26th and Southwest 27th streets, and south to Cornell Avenue. Representatives from Carey Johnson Oil said the eastern half of the tracts (all but five lots on Cornell) will be used for a convenience store with gas pumps, similar in design to other convenience store/gas stations in Lawton, but with a much more expanded food menu and drive-through window. The facility will replace an existing EZ GO in the 2400 block of West Gore Boulevard and is less than one-half mile from a Murphy Oil facility under construction at the southwest corner of South Sheridan Road and West Gore Boulevard.

While the applicants want C-5 General Commercial District Zoning on all the lots, the City Planning Commission has recommended that the lots holding R-1 Single-Family Dwelling District zoning be changed to C-1 Local Commercial District, the same zoning that already exists on the other lots, keeping the entire tract at C-1.

Planning Commission members also approved a Use Permitted on Review for placement of a convenience store with gas pumps and an automatic car wash on those C-1 lots, contingent upon the City Council approving C-1 zoning for the residentially-zoned lots on Cornell.

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