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October 2, 2018

Convenience store proposed near Walmart in Warrenton

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The convenience store would provide the first gas pumps south of the Wawa at Frost and Shirley avenues in Warrenton.
Proposed Gas Station
• What: 3,000-square-foot convenience store with 6 gas pumps and 10,000-square-foot retail building.

• Where: 2.17 acres at James Madison Highway and Industrial Road, near Warrenton’s southern gateway.

• Zoning: Industrial.

• Owner: Red Road Inc. (Shakiba Hakami) of Annandale.

• Applicant: Sohaila Shekib of Sanie Consulting Group LLC of Fairfax.

• Needed: Rezoning to commercial and Comprehensive Plan amendment.

• Next: Work session with town planning commission, probably in November, with a possible public hearing in December.
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Staff Journalist
A convenience store could open across the street from Walmart in Warrenton by 2022.

Property owner Shakiba Hakami of Annandale proposes a 3,000-square-foot store with six gas pumps at James Madison Highway and Industrial Road, near the town’s southern boundary.

Mr. Hakami’s Red Road Inc. paid $500,000 for the 2.1-acre site in June, according to county real estate records.

Acting on the property owner’s behalf, Sohaila Shekib of Sanie Consulting Group LLC in Fairfax submitted the development plan to the town in September. Construction of the store would require a comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning from industrial to commercial use.

“There is no gas station nearby that area, so we thought there’s a need,” Ms. Shekib said Monday.

Exxon could be the gasoline provider, she said.

The applicant also proposes a 10,000-square-foot retail building on the site.

“My client was thinking maybe restaurant . . . a beauty salon — something that an individual can rent a unit,” Ms. Shekib said. “He doesn’t want to go with a grocery store or anything like that. Small shops.”

The development would include 67 parking spaces, according to a conceptual plan filed with the town.

Ms. Shekib said her client believes a gas station on the site would be convenient and beneficial to the community.

“Across the street is Walmart and big stores, but no gas station,” she said.

Plans for nearby development, such as the approved 227-home Alwington Farm subdivision and the potential expansion of Lord Fairfax Community College, also make the spot ideal, according to the property owner’s application.

The proposed gas station would have one entrance/exit on Industrial Road and another on an existing service road.

“It is going to be a little bit of a cost for him because of the topography . . . . He understood that. He likes the area (Warrenton) very much,” Ms. Shekib said.

The town’s planning commission will conduct a work session with the applicant, probably in November. The commission could hold a public hearing on the application in December. The town council will then discuss the project and decide whether to approve it or not after another public hearing.

If the project gets approved, Mr. Hakami hopes to start construction in 2020 and finish within two years.

Contact Cassandra Brown at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-878-6007.

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ATabrizi2 · October 15, 2018 at 10:19 am
Open up something to do. JESUS! THIS COUNTY SUCKS MAJOR COCK. I do not get why you want approve some BULLSHIT LIKE THIS. YOU DUMB ASS MOTHERFUCKERS.
BJ · October 4, 2018 at 8:12 am
And the tsunami of development keeps a rolling along. Anyone notice all the empty stores in the shopping centers?
heisehay · October 3, 2018 at 6:42 pm
I hope the town requires a diesel pump among the 6 pumps proposed,farming several farms south side of town I fill a tractor towing large implements and hate going through town.would make it convient when I can’t fuel up at my farm diesel tank
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