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A renovated North Hill gas station is set to reopen after receiving a positive recommendation from the city’s planning commission on Wednesday.

During the 10-minute meeting, Mark Taylor of RAR Engineering spoke on behalf of Banan, Inc. about the Marathon gas station project at 509 Highland Avenue. The gas station has been closed for several months and the small convenience store and adjacent shed are demolished.

Gasoline pumps still remain with the Marathon brand and will remain in place.

“They’re going to sell gas, have a little convenience store and that’s about it,” Taylor said.

Taylor added that the project already had zoning board and city council approval, which had some minor conditions. The structure will be approximately 12,000 square feet.

“The only thing that changes is the structure itself and the actual location,” Taylor said. “The pumps will remain intact. No further improvements are planned other than meeting the conditions attached to last year’s approval.”

Commissioners William Morgan, Heather Armstrong, Albert Conti and Jeff Fandozzi unanimously approved the project. The city planning commission is an advisory board and the final approval or denial decisions are made by the city council.

In the only other request of the evening, Conti and designer Ricky Rylott, of R Thre3 Design, spoke on behalf of Donald Peluso for a request to build a new barber shop on the south side of town at 218 E Long Ave.

Peluso’s hair salon at 214 E. Long Ave. burned down in a fire in June. However, he owns a property at the corner of Long and Pennsylvania avenues where a new 120,000 square foot building will be constructed to house Peluso’s business.

Conti is the developer of the project and abstained from voting. Morgan, Armstrong and Fandozzi all gave their approval.

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