The Sunoco gas station at the bustling corner of Welsh Road and Route 309 in Horsham is hoping to demolish and build anew.
The property owner presented sketch plans to the Horsham Township Council Monday night, which entails “knocking everything down” in order to increase the size of its existing A Plus convenience store from roughly 1,200 square feet to 3,100 square feet, according to Horsham Township Manager Bill Walker.
Following demolition and construction, the site would still house the same number of gas pumps – 16 newly installed - as well as a new canopy, Walker said.
Although the governing body took no action on the proposed changes, Walker said the council asked the property owner to “rearrange some things to try to get some more parking spots in.” The current plan proposes increasing parking from 13 to 18 spaces, which Walker said the council feared would not be enough.
Once a land development plan is submitted, Walker said the issue would first be addressed at the zoning hearing board before council renders a subsequent decision. The earliest the plan could go before the zoners is its Nov. 13 meeting, Walker said.
In order for that to happen, Walker said the developer would need to submit an official land development plan by Oct. 1 and undergo a review at the township council’s Oct. 22 meeting.
With that timetable, Walker said the zoning hearing board would render a decision in December and the developer would come before the council for final approval following that date.
Walker said he did not know a time frame for when the developer intended to demolish and build anew.