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Two gas stations OK’d on S.R. 135

Motorists who find their gas tanks empty along S.R. 135 between Corydon and Brandenburg may soon have a couple of new options to fill ‘er up.
Two applicants were given approval for gas stations at last week’s meeting of the Harrison County Board of Zoning Appeals.
Richard and Cindy Young intend to sell gas at 8745 Highway 135 while Tim Coffman will have his business at 5530 Highway 135.
The Youngs received a zoning change in October for their property near Central that would allow them to construct two mini-warehouse storage buildings and a mini-mart retail business. Cindy Young said she may eventually open a craft store on the property.
When the couple appeared before the Harrison County Advisory Plan Commission two months ago, they did not intend to sell gasoline.
But on Thursday night, before the BZA, Richard Young said he has received an “overwhelming response” to add gasoline as part of his business since this newspaper ran an article about their plans, so they requested a special exception.
“We’re looking forward to the future,” Young said. “We look for that part of the county to start growing.”
The Youngs will have two gas pumps with six hoses. They intend to be open daily from 6 a.m. to about midnight.
The BZA unanimously approved their request.
Coffman’s special exception, along with a variance request, was also unanimously approved.
A used car lot and a rental house owned by Coffman are on the property now.
“I feel there is a need for a service station and convenience store,” Coffman said. Several years ago, there was a service station on the property, which also borders Wiseman Road.
Coffman said he intends to relocate the office building on the property and construct a convenience store. There will be four double-sided pumps, and the station will sell on- and off-road diesel as well as kerosene. He estimated his hours of operation to be 4 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
“Two in one day,” said Tod Smyrichinsky of Laconia, who chairs the BZA. “I know where to get gas now.”
Charles Snyder, who spoke in favor of Coffman’s proposal, said, “I think it’s a good idea to put filling stations in … ” Snyder said he tries to keep extra gasoline on hand because numerous people have come to his door after they have run out of gas on the road.
In other matters at last week’s meeting, two special exceptions and a variance were approved. They were:
* Judith Lawson’s special exception request for a furniture manufacture on her property at 475 Highway 462. She and her husband will operate a woodwork shop in a 30- by 40-foot barn next to their home. Items they make are taken to different locations to be sold, so additional traffic should not be generated to their home, Lawson said. They have no employees, and they don’t require deliveries of supplies.
* Debra White’s special exception request for a gift shop on her property at 12990 North Road in Blue River Township. White has been making and selling candles wholesale and wants to try selling them retail from a 12- by 12-foot building on her property. She will not have any employees.
* Dale A. and Barbara Hart and John L. Hart’s variance request to create two lots with less than 150 feet of road frontage at 3320 Heidelberg Road south of Corydon.
Also at the November meeting, the BZA voted not to meet in December. The board’s next meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room of the Harrison County Court House.