Public hearing set for Casey’s return to build new store, gas station in village

Casey's General Stores will be opened location near New Carlisle in 2020. The company is seeking to build a location on Central Avenue in Carlisle.  A previous effort for the rezoning was not approved due to a 3-3 vote by the Carlisle Planning Commission in May 2018.  However, in May 2019, a Warren County Common Pleas judge overruled the decision that granted the conditional use permit. The company had allowed that permit to expire in May 2020 which is why they must seek a new conditional use permit now. FILE PHOTO
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Casey's General Stores will be opened location near New Carlisle in 2020. The company is seeking to build a location on Central Avenue in Carlisle. A previous effort for the rezoning was not approved due to a 3-3 vote by the Carlisle Planning Commission in May 2018. However, in May 2019, a Warren County Common Pleas judge overruled the decision that granted the conditional use permit. The company had allowed that permit to expire in May 2020 which is why they must seek a new conditional use permit now. FILE PHOTO

Three years ago, there was a public outcry in Carlisle concerning a proposed Casey’s General Store and gas station at the former Pizza Hotline restaurant at the southwest corner of Central and West Lomar avenues.

In May 2018, the Carlisle Planning Commission denied a conditional use permit for the project due to a 3-3 tie. The property owners, Charles (Craig) and Kim Harris, filed an appeal in June 2018 to the Warren County Common Pleas Court, which overturned the Planning Commission’s decision and granted the permit in May 2019.

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The Harris’ agreed to sell the land to Casey’s contingent on zoning approval.

However, that permit was allowed to lapse in May 2020 as Casey’s developer had one year to prepare final development plans. At the time, Casey’s was proposing to build a $4.5 million 3,440 square-foot combination convenience store and gas station with 10 pumps at the 767 W. Central Ave. lot that will be merged with an adjacent vacant lot.

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Casey’s developers have returned and have submitted a new plan which will have a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday July 1 at the Carlisle Village Council Chambers, 760 Central Ave.

Carlisle residents whose properties are within 500 feet of the former Pizza Hotline restaurant lot at the corner of Central and West Lomar avenues have been notified about a public hearing concerning the two parcels. The conditional use permit is required to allow a gas station to be constructed there, according to the village zoning code.

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Village Manager Julie Duffy said staff and engineers representing Casey’s and Carlisle are completing their reviews of the preliminary development plans for the conditional use permit.

Duffy said the latest plans are generally the same as the plans submitted in 2018, except the convenience store building will be larger at 4,400 square-feet. She also said the store is configured to face Ohio 123/Central Avenue.

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As before, the Planning Commission will consider the preliminary plan and comments from residents, the developer, and village staff. After the public hearing, the Planning Commission will then determine if a conditional use permit should be approved, approved with conditions, or denied, she said.

Duffy said if the permit is approved, Casey’s developer will have one year to submit final, detailed development plans to the Planning Commission. She said if the Planning Commission approved the final plans, the developer can apply for the building construction permits.

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In the previous filing in 2018, the developer said the new Casey’s location could employ 20 to 30 people, and typically 10 to 15 are full-time positions. The business would be open initially from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. but could be expanded up to 24 hours a day.

In addition to the gas station, a convenience store with some grocery items as well as freshly prepared food like pizza, subs, sandwiches, salads and bakery items will be on site. Officials said this operation differs from competitors in that products are mostly made to order for the customer.

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The Concerned Citizens of Carlisle, a group of residents opposing the proposed project in 2018, cited various issues such traffic, noise, pedestrian safety, the widening of Lomar Avenue, and potentially negative impact other small businesses in the village in their opposition.

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