Council approves truck stop

Published 9:27 pm Thursday, June 22, 2017

Suffolk City Council on Wednesday approved a truck stop on Holland Road near the CenterPoint Intermodal Center.

The new Pilot Travel Center truck stop will be located on two currently vacant parcels near 2400 Holland Road, in front of the Ace Hardware distribution center. The land is about 5.2 acres in size.

“We’re excited about this site,” said Brad Alsup, project manager for Pilot Travel Centers. “We think it will be a good addition to our network. We will be able to provide good services to the motoring public and the community and the area.”

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The truck stop will feature a convenience store, fast-food restaurant with a drive-through and gas pumps for passenger vehicles as well as pumps for commercial trucks.

There will be 10 passenger vehicle pumps and six diesel truck pumps along with about 8,200 square feet of retail space. There will be 56 parking spaces on site, including 12 designated truck parking spaces.

Planning Director David Hainley said during Wednesday’s meeting that tractor-trailers will turn into the truck stop only via Ace Drive, which leads from Holland Road back to the Ace Hardware distribution facility. Only passenger vehicles will be allowed to turn into and out of the site directly onto Holland Road.

No overnight parking or idling will be allowed on the site, according to the conditions of the conditional use permit, and buffers will be used to separate nearby homes from the site.

Councilman Tim Johnson, who represents the area, said he was excited about the site.

“We’re excited about the truck stop,” he said. “It’s the right site. It needs to be there. I know you will be very successful, with all the cars we’ve got on 58.”

Councilman Mike Duman noted that a similar truck stop opened near Franklin about a year ago and is always packed with cars and trucks.

“I think you’re making the right decision,” Duman said. “I think it would be welcome for a little bit of that revenue to hit our city before it goes to Franklin.”