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“Real problem”: McCall P&Z set to deny Maverik project

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An more than a year and a half, the fight to bring a Maverik gas station to McCall may lead to a denial from city officials.

Since the start, the Maverik station received a good deal of pushback from commissioners and residents alike, including concerns about the gas station not syncing with the McCall aesthetic and impacts on traffic. This led to many delays and a change of course from the Maverik team. 

During Tuesday’s McCall Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Maverik presented updated plans. The new scaled-back version would have been 5,041 square feet with 12 gas pumps. The original plan called for 28 gas pumps. However, this did not sway the commission. 

Location, location… location?

Commissioners also took issue with the project location. However, the Maverik team wouldn’t budge on the site at 402 N. Third St. After suggestions of building at a different location, Maverick representative Rich Piggott said they weren’t willing to move the project.

“Again, as I talked to you before, it’s our concern is we need to have cars going by our property,” he said. “That’s where our customer base comes from.” 

With traffic and location concerns, all commissioners generally agreed that the application was “lacking.” 

“I’ve got a real problem with the traffic,” commissioner Scott Tunnell said.

Maverik currently operates a location three blocks to the north along Third St.

Residents who showed up to testify against the gas station were also concerned about traffic. Some also shared concerns about the design. A petition to stop the project generated over 700 signatures. 

“I am also surprised that we’ve gotten this far in the process,” McCall resident Brandi Solace said. “When asked about if it’s harmonious in the environment, Maverik talks about upgrading a sewer line and increasing drainage and doesn’t talk about putting a 24/7 location open many hours coming and going at hours in the night… We don’t need this eyesore on our scenic bypass through town.”

The current Maverik location is open 24 hours per day.

The commissioners continued the public hearing to the October 4 meeting, where they will vote to recommend denial of the Maverik project to the McCall City Council. 

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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