Columbia City Council Considering New Break Time Station
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council will consider a rezoning proposal at tonight's meeting that, if approved, would result in a new Break Time gas station and convenience store at the southwest intersection of Rock Quarry Road and Grindstone Parkway.
This proposal has been brought before Columbia's Planning and Zoning Commission in the past. However, nearby homeowners complained about the potential noise, disruption and operational hours.
Last fall, some Rock Quarry Road homeowners signed a petition to oppose the rezoning. However, some petitioners later sent letters to the Columbia City Council in March, stating they changed their minds after further consideration.
One homeowner, Marc DiBlasi, had expressed concern at a meeting in September, saying he was concerned about his young son playing outside in such close proximity to a gas station. Yet, on March 13, DiBlasi and his wife, Allison, wrote to council members that they felt comfortable with the Break Time project going forward. They also asked Columbia's council members to grant a variance request to build an eight-foot tall privacy fence on the property line between their home and the Break Time site.
However, another homeowner, Jan Pritchard, still voiced concerns over the proposed changes. In January, Pritchard and her husband, Dan, wrote to the city's planning and development department, arguing that this particular type of development did not belong in a residential neighborhood. Pritchard also said there were already three existing gas stations nearby, negating the need for one on Rock Quarry.