P&Z hears big commercial development plans for highway
By Dave Mehr
October 20, 2006 | PROVIDENCE -- At Tuesday's Planning
Commission meeting, commission members spoke of how
the new Macey's store and gas station will affect other
similar businesses in Providence.
Carl Pitt and Mike Jackson were present at the meeting,
representing Amsource, the developers of the property
at the corner of 100 North and Highway 165 in Providence.
At that corner, there are plans for the new supermarket
and gas station, as well as a commercial subdivision
called Alder Square. Pitt and Jackson presented site
plans and graphic images of the property, showing that
the gas station will display both the Maceys and Flying-J
logos. Jackson said there will be four dispensers so
that eight vehicles can be fueled at one time.
The new development will be just one of many gas stations
in the area. "You may have eight gas stations within
a mile," said commission member Bill Bagley.
Pitt explained the main reason for including a gas
station by Macey's. "We're doing it to compete with
our competitors," Pitt said.
Although commission members are unsure whether Wal-Mart's
new store will have a gas station, questions arose at
the meeting about what will happen to businesses that
have left their mark in Providence's history.
"I was in the food distribution for a number of years,"
said Bagley. "What I'm looking at is the big gorilla
coming in to swallow up the monkeys."
Bagley abstained from voting at Tuesday's meeting.
Commission member Lance Campbell used car dealerships
as an example to why competing businesses in Providence
may be beneficial to citizens. "You can look at it like
the car sellers on the north end of Logan," Campbell
said, explaining that more options are given to customers.
In other business, the commission voted to move meetings
from the first and third Tuesdays to the second and
fourth Wednesdays at 6 p.m. They said this new time
will be more convenient for the commission and city
staff. City Council meetings will continue to be held
on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6