110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Al Everson
posted May 6, 2014 - 1:54:04pm
With little fanfare and no dissenting votes, the Deltona City Commission has changed the zoning of nearly a dozen properties to allow a gasoline station and convenience store at a busy intersection.
The City Commission April 21 gave final approval to the rezoning of 11 parcels that will become a single commercial building site for a RaceTrac with 24 fuel pumps at the northeast corner of Saxon Boulevard and West Finland Drive.
All but one of the current lots was zoned for single-family homes; the city is also selling RaceTrac the one low-lying lot it owns on West Finland Drive, which is currently used for stormwater control. All of the parcels will be consolidated into a single 3.9-acre lot.
Deltona's Planning and Zoning Board had recommended the rezoning and replatting. The parcels abut a neighborhood where businesses are already encroaching.
The city's future land-use map envisions commercial development on the north side of Saxon Boulevard between West Finland Drive and West Apache Circle. A Walgreens Drug Store is a short distance to the east at the intersection of North Normandy and Saxon boulevards, and Wenger's Coin Shop, 1698 Diane Terrace, is on the south side of Saxon.
When RaceTrac will begin building is not certain. The company must submit a site plan for approval by Deltona's planning staff and the City Commission. The site plan will deal with such issues as ingress and egress, buffers between the business and neighbors, noise and lighting.
Once built, the RaceTrac will generate 3,256 vehicle trips per day, according to a report by city planners. The part of Saxon Boulevard between Interstate 4 and West Finland Drive has an average daily traffic count of 41,000 vehicles, according to Volusia County Traffic Engineering.
RaceTrac has a gas station less than a mile away in Orange City, at the interchange of Interstate 4 and Saxon Boulevard. The station has easy access for eastbound drivers, and the Deltona station will offer easy access for westbound motorist, including commuters on their way to Daytona Beach or Orlando.
RaceTrac is also building a gas station at 3201 Howland Blvd. That may be open in late spring or early summer.
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