Senators approved plans to remove and replace fuel tanks at Gottlieb’s Quickway Service Center in St. Thomas’s Estate Contant during session Tuesday, sending a Coastal Zone Management permit and a 20-year lease renewal for the filled land on which it sits.
During committee hearings on the lease, owner Mark Gottlieb said his father, Leroy Gottlieb, founded the business in 1961. Plans call for removing three existing tanks and "the removal of localized contaminated soil," and then installing three new underground fuel tanks. Along with the permit, the committee gave initial approval for a 20-year lease of formerly submerged land on which the station sits.
Total Petroleum is partnering with Gottlieb to install the new tanks.
The lease calls for an annual fee of $32,730, with provisions for increases after six years.
The Legislature also approved the request of Winsor and Juel Daniels to rezone parcel No. 5-2 Estate Raphune, No. 5BA New Quarter, St. Thomas from R-2 (Residential-Low Density-One and Two Family) to B-2 (Business-Secondary Neighborhood). The Daniels want to bring the preexisting business building on the property into zoning conformity.
When the proposal was heard in the Rules and Judiciary Committee, Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Dawn Henry said DPNR supports the change, which she said would have no practical impact on the area. She also said the Legislature tried to rezone the property many years ago, but a typographical error instead rezoned the neighboring plot, which is the Daniels’ residence.
Also approved were:
– Minor CZM permit No. CZJ-12-14W to allow the Great Cruz Bay Homeowner’s Association continued use and occupancy of a 37-by-6-foot rectangular floating dock occupying 228.5 square feet of water Great Cruz Bay, St. John. It entails a fee of $3,000 per year for the first five years, with a provision for increases beginning after six years. The permit is for 10 years.
– Minor CZM Permit No. CZT-09-14(FL) would allow Challenger’s Transport Services continued use and occupancy of 18,774 square feet of filled submerged land at Parcel No. 45 Estate Crown Bay Fill, St. Thomas as a trucking yard facility. It brings the existing 900 square foot building into compliance and allows for perimeter fencing, resurfacing the parking area and landscaping. It calls for an annual fee of $24,000 per year for the first five years, with a provision for increases beginning in year six of the 20-year permit.