A planned retail area in Linganore is on the way to getting its first tenants, with the approval of a convenience store and a child care center to be on the property.
The Frederick County Planning Commission unanimously approved site plans Wednesday for both a convenience store and gas station and a Goddard School child care center at the site between Md. 144 and Interstate 70 as part of the Linganore Town Center area near Oakdale High School.
The 3,240-square-foot convenience store will have a 5,586-square-foot gas canopy, which raised concerns among some planning commissioners about whether the canopy would create a problem with light spillage and glare.
The county’s zoning ordinance doesn’t discuss the lighting of gas station canopies, and the issues hasn’t come up with other properties with gas canopies, said Mike Wilkins, the county’s director of development review.
Commissioner Bob White said the commission is scheduled to look a the issue of light height generally, and should look at the canopy issue at that time.
In June, the Planning Commission approved a division of the 18-acre property into nine retail parcels.
The area doesn’t have a lot of food and convenience options for residents, and they’re excited to have the first commercial uses in the project, said Jason Wiley of Elm Street Development, which is developing the Linganore Town Center project.
The company is also pursuing a grocery store for a nearby parcel, he said.
The Goddard School will be an 11,063-square-foot child care center on a 2.46-acre site at the opposite end of the retail area from the convenience store.
The commission approved a request to reduce the number of parking spaces at the site from the required 53 to 49, along with a loading space and a space for school buses.