Gas station planned near Sloan Park Cubs stadium

Jesse Macias of PM Design Group speaks to the Mesa Planning and Zoning Board at a meeting April 15. The board voted to postpone the case to the May 20 meeting for a site plan review and special use permit for development of a Valero Corner Store gas station, car wash and convenience store. (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers.)

Jesse Macias of PM Design Group speaks to the Mesa Planning and Zoning Board at a meeting April 15. The board voted to postpone the case to the May 20 meeting for a site plan review and special use permit for development of a Valero Corner Store gas station, car wash and convenience store. (Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers.)

Update: At the May 20 meeting, the Mesa Planning and Zoning Board voted 6-0 against the site plan for the project. City staff members recommended denial in part because they said the gas station needed to be reoriented on the site. When asked after the board meeting if the applicant would appeal the denial to the Mesa City Council, Jesse Macias, of PM Design Group, said: “We’re not sure. We’re actually pretty disappointed with the decision. We’re disappointed that they made a rash decision on a site plan on a business model that has worked for many, many years,” he said outside the council chambers after the meeting. “It’s unfortunate and we have to discuss it.”

A site plan review and special use permit for development of a Valero Corner Store gas station, car wash and convenience store across the street from Sloan Park, the spring-training home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, will be discussed at May 19-20 meetings of the Mesa Planning and Zoning Board.

The board will meet for study sessions at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in the lower level council chambers and a meeting at 4 p.m. May 20 in the council chambers, 57 E. First St. The Mesa Planning Division Staff can be contacted at 480-644-2385 regarding any questions or comments.

Jesse Macias of PM Design Group is the applicant and CST Arizona Stations Inc. is the owner of the 2.44-acre property at 809 N. Dobson Road, which is south of Loop 202 on the east side of Dobson Road.

The proposed development includes a 4,790-square-foot convenience store; a fuel canopy for eight dispensers, with a total of 16 pumps; and a 900-square-foot car wash, according to city of Mesa staff member documents at http://mesa.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

Any future development at this vacant pad site should address its unique location in relation to the existing Riverview Park and the existing shopping, entertainment, hotel and office development to the east, according to the document.

The item was on the planning and zoning board’s April 15 agenda, but was continued to the May 20 meeting in part because the applicant did not provide a citizen participation report and had mailed information to property owners within 1,000 feet and to registered neighborhoods and HOAs only two weeks prior, on April 1.

Mr. Macias spoke about his project at the April 15 planning board meeting and again on April 16 with members of the Mesa Design Review Board at a work session for a preliminary review and to discuss the look and landscaping for the project.
“We believe that we made our case and the planning (board) was in favor of this project and some of the things that we are doing,” Mr. Macias said to the design review board. “It is by far not your typical gas station.”

In a letter to the city of Mesa’s planning director, Mr. Macias wrote that it will have an “innovative exterior design with natural stone wainscot and unparalleled interior design with open ceiling to steel trusses and steel deck, stained concrete flooring….”
A gas station is needed in the area, Mr. Macias said to the design review board April 16.

“It’s a use that is missing in Mesa Riverview. We know that it is a use that the community is in dire need for,” he said.
“I don’t disagree with the need to have a fueling station here. It looks, just from the graphics, it looks like a nice station,” Brian Sandstrom, chairman of the design review board, said.

He recommended that colors or materials be integrated into the project that are seen at Riverview Park or the businesses to the north and south of the planned gas station.

“The use of building materials that are relative either to Mesa Riverview or the Riverview Park. You’ve got that gray (concrete masonry unit) across the street that they did a really nice job designing with,” he said.

The board and Mr. Macias discussed changing planned cultured stone with CMU or bricks.

“I like brick better,” Taylor Candland, board member, said.

Mr. Macias said brick could be used for the wainscot.

“Personally I think stone is like 2007 and it should just stay there,” Mr. Sandstrom said.

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