New gas station plans move forward on 25th Street

A new gas station and convenience store is moving ahead on 25th Street in Columbus.

The developer for the new Ricker’s station at 25th Street and Cherry Street was approved for two variances at last night’s meeting of the Columbus Board of Zoning Appeals.

The station would be built at the site of the former laundry and rental car business on 25th Street and would take up the entire block.

Melissa Begley, with the city planning department, says that the developers were seeking permission to place entrances on Cherry Street and Cottage Avenue, as well as on 24th Street. There will be no entrance directly off of 25th Street. Normally, the 24th Street entrance would be too close to the side street entrances, which is why a variance was needed.

The developer also wanted permission to put a dumpster in the front of the building behind a privacy fence and other screening.

Those variances have been approved. The developer must get their site plan approved by the city before construction can start, Begley said.