Nothing is official, but a project to bring a combination WilcoHess gas station and Wendy’s restaurant to Zebulon that has been idle for the better part of a decade seems to have new life.
Engineers with WilcoHess have submitted preliminary site plans for the property between the N.C. State Employees’ Credit Union and Eddins Oil on North Arendell Avenue, which the company purchased in 2007. They met with town officials Aug. 26 to review the plans and receive feedback, including comments issued by Raleigh and Wake County staff.
“We’ve talked with them about the plans for some time now, so it’s always good when they move forward with working with engineers and getting plan approval,” said Zebulon Planning Director Mark Hetrick.
Hetrick said the timeline going forward will depend on negotiations between the involved parties over construction requirements.
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“Sometimes groups address all the comments the first time, sometimes they may overlook some comments or omit a requirement and you have to do another review prior to giving final site plan approval,” he said. “We’ve provided all the comments to them and now it’s kind of in their court to review those and get those addressed.”
The projected stalled mainly because an agreement was never reached regarding a hefty amount of roadway improvements around the property and requirements for off-site utilities and storm drainage. They would also have to extend Hendricks Drive across Arendell Avenue to serve the property.
Negotiations may go differently this time, since WilcoHess was acquired by Marathon in May.
“We’ll have to see how Marathon feels about it,” Hetrick said. “They’re trying to get the plans approved and once they get the plans approved they’re going to put it in Marathon’s hands and see how they want to move forward with it, or if they want move forward with it.”
The preliminary site plans call for the development of almost 6.5 acres to house a 4,619-square-foot WilcoHess connected to a 3,517-square-foot Wendy’s.
The blueprint shows eight gas pumps (16 fueling stations) in front of the store, and four diesel pumps (eight stations) behind the store accommodating for large trucks or recreational vehicles.
Main access to the diesel pumps is positioned off Hendricks Drive; the plan shows access to the front of the store from both Hendricks and Arendell Avenue.