The Columbia Board of Adjustment approved a request by Western Oil Inc. for a conditional-use permit Tuesday night.
The permit is for the land on the southwest corner of Ash Street and Stadium Boulevard. It will allow Western Oil Inc. to tear down the vacant Crown Shoes building and the current Phillips 66 gas station and car wash and replace them with a new gas station and convenience store and a Lion’s Choice restaurant.
A conditional-use permit allows a business to be built on property that is zoned for specific kinds of businesses. Because the three current businesses on the property have two different zoning codes and the new building would cross over zoning lines, the conditional-use permit was necessary to allow the two businesses to share one building.
In addition, each business will be allowed to have separate signs, and the convenience store will be allowed to have fuel islands for its gas stations.
The permit was granted under the condition that the builders help to ease potential traffic concerns. Because of the heavy traffic that travels to and from Stadium Boulevard, accessible entryways to the property will be moved to the western part of the property along Ash Street.
Buckner Street will still serve as an access road from Ash Street that goes through the Phillips 66 site to the Crossroads Shopping area.
It will be reviewed in the future to guarantee that it will not cause traffic problems, but it will still serve as a convenience to customers wishing to travel to the shopping area.
Marjorie Lewis, attorney for Brown, Willbrand, Simon and Powell, P.C., led the presentation. An architect and a civil engineer also gave testimonies.
Together, the group said that the current plans for rebuilding the new businesses would meet city standards for easing traffic and water drainage.
Other events that took place at the meeting included the approval of the construction of an irrigation water well on property at 1802 Topsail Drive.