Gas station battle lines drawn

LIVINGSTON — A proposal for a new, larger gas station at the Bells Pond intersection drew a vocal crowd to the Livingston Planning Board on Wednesday night.

About 50 people packed the board room at Livingston Town Hall, 119 county Route 19, for the public hearing on the proposed gas station chain.

Joshua O’Connor, an engineer with Albany-based Bohler Engineering, presented the plans for the gas station on behalf of Global Partners, which owns the existing Xtra Mart and Bells Pond Diner to the south of the intersection at Route 82 and Routes 9H and 23.

The plan would consolidate three parcels to create a 3.08-acre lot to contain a 24-hour gas station, convenience store and Alltown Fresh café at the northern end of the intersection of Routes 9, 9H and 23. Eight fueling stations are proposed for the front of the building, which faces south. Two fueling stations for larger trucks would sit at the rear of the building.

Global Partners operates 70 Alltown Fresh locations and 1,500 Xtra Marts. Alltown Fresh was featured in The Boston Globe on Wednesday for its locally sourced and healthily prepared food.

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