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New Eastgate project to force service-station move

Federal Realty Investment Trust has applied to replace the Eastgate BP at the Shoppes at Eastgate center, 1800 E. Franklin St., with a one-story, retail and restaurant building. This would be the view of the new building from the Eastgate parking lot near Trader Joe’s. Fordham Boulevard is in the background.
Federal Realty Investment Trust has applied to replace the Eastgate BP at the Shoppes at Eastgate center, 1800 E. Franklin St., with a one-story, retail and restaurant building. This would be the view of the new building from the Eastgate parking lot near Trader Joe’s. Fordham Boulevard is in the background. Contributed

Renovation plans at Eastgate shopping center are forcing the owner of a decades-old service station to seek a new location.

Federal Realty Investment Trust, which owns the Shoppes at Eastgate, has applied to build a 7,632-square-foot, single-story building for retail and restaurant use. It would replace Eastgate BP service station, located at the corner of Eastgate Shopping Center Road and a service road that parallels Fordham Boulevard.

The project would close the service road in front of the shopping center, giving the town an option to use the roadway for a future bike and pedestrian use. It also would leave land for the town and state to use while improving the Ephesus Church Road-Fordham Boulevard intersection.

Eastgate BP’s owner Danial Rahimtoola said he learned the plans had been submitted last week and has started talking with others about opening a new location. He is the third owner of the 1,652-square-foot service station, which has been at Eastgate for 40 years and employs16 people.

The station’s 20-year lease expired this year and has been extended through December, he said.

The shopping center is located in the town’s Ephesus-Fordham redevelopment district, where projects now follow a form-based code checklist and only require approval from the town manager and the Community Design Commission.

The district stretches from Elliott Road to Legion Road, and from East Franklin Street to Ephesus Church Road.

The deadline for making a decision once an application has been accepted is 45 days. The Community Design Commission is scheduled to review the project Tuesday.

What’s next

The town’s Community Design Commission will review plans Tuesday, Aug. 25, for a new retail and restaurant building at the Shoppes at Eastgate. The meeting begins at 6:15 p.m. in the council chamber at Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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