For more than two years, civic activists in the Kensington suburbs have fought plans for a gas station at a Costco under construction next to the Westfield mall in Wheaton.
Now, responding to the community’s concerns, Montgomery County Council member Marc Elrich (D-At Large) is trying to block the gas station from being built as currently planned.
At the County Council meeting Tuesday, Elrich is expected to propose legislation that would bar a gas station on the vacant parcel of land southwest of the Costco. A public hearing is scheduled for June.
The Costco is being built on the site of a shuttered Hecht’s department store and is seen as a key part of Montgomery’s effort to stimulate economic development in Wheaton. It is slated to open in October.
But civic activists say the gas station is a public health risk because it is too close to residential neighborhoods. They want the gas station to be moved, possibly to the vacant Ourisman Chevrolet dealership on Veirs Mill Road, more than 500 feet northeast of the Costco store.