The convenience store chain, which operates numerous sites in the surrounding area, pitched the board to convert the 2,316-foot gas station building into a 7-Eleven store, leaving the existing gas pumps to be operated by Shell.
Gas pumps would be increased to four, with one for diesel, according to planning documents filed with the board.
The site was granted a use variance, since gas station/convenience store combination businesses are not allowed in that zone.
The footprint of the main Shell station building will not change. But it will be renovated and turned into the 7-Eleven. The 1-acre property also will accommodate 24 parking spaces and underground gas tanks will be removed and replaced with new, 15,000-gallon tanks, according to the plan.
Wednesday’s pitch was the second go-around for 7-Eleven. In May of 2011, the board nixed a plan to put a similar set up on the Gulf gas station property at Allaire Road and Route 35 amid concerns about increased traffic.
Two other convenience store chains have been trying to locate stores in town.
A Wawa store with a gas station is being eyed for a plot on Route 34 near the Wall Speedway. The QuickChek chain wanted to build a similar facility on Route 138 at Allenwood Road -- the site of the former State Police Barracks. Neighbors vehemently opposed that site and the board denied it in October.