JAMAICA -- A proposed gas station was met with local and state approval.

Equipe Sport owner Wilbur Rice first approached the Jamaica Selectboard then met with the Planning Commission on July 21.

"They were supportive of it," he said.

Rice began developing plans for the gas station about a month ago. It will be located next to his Equipe Sport building on Route 30 in Rawsonville. Plans call for three double sided pumps with three grades of gas, plus diesel at the site. There will also be an electric charging station and a country deli.

"I think it will be a very attractive Vermont-styled facility," said Rice.

At the time of the interview, Rice had already received a draft Act 250 permit from the state. There was still time left for anyone opposing the project to step forward and submit comments before an Act 250 permit is issued.

A Shell gas station on the other side of the street was closed in March. Selectboard Chairwoman Lexa Clark told the Reformer the vacant station is currently for sale.

"We felt it was important to have another fuel option plus a deli in the area, especially in the high season of skiing," added Rice. "We decided to go to this side of our building and put it on our property."

There is currently only one gas station at that end of town, Clark said.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com.


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