Jerome H. Rhoads Inc. is asking Quarryville's zoning hearing board to approve construction of a truck garage and a paved or stone storage area.
The request is for a portion of the 7.1 acres the company owns at 223 E. State St.
Most of land, six acres, is zoned for residential use. The remaining 1.1 acres is zoned for multiple uses.
"The land cannot be used for residential because there is no access to it," the firm wrote in its hearing application.
The property has been used by the fuel company for seven decades and that use has not changed over the years, company president Mike DeBerdine III said last week.
"This does not affect the grass lawn between the fire company parking area and I. Diller Miller's and will not affect the area the fire company volunteers use for parking," DeBerdine said last week. "We will be cleaning up and reconfiguring the property. We will have some extra office space in the new garage and we are making that building large enough for future use."
"We won't be doing anything that's not already being done on the property. We're just cleaning up the property and making it safer," he said.
The company now uses about 135,000 square feet of the property for its operations and fuel islands. The expansion would include a 6,000 square foot garage to be used primarily to store the company's trucks. There will also be 24,000 square feet of either paved or stone surfaced storage area.
The project will allow the company to move its stored tanks and some of its trucks from land on E. State St. that the firm is renting.
"It doesn't make sense for us to rent land and not use the property we own," DeBerdine said.
The company has requested a variance or a special exception for the project. A special exception is needed to expand a non-conforming use of the property. A variance would be needed if the hearing board determines a special exception is not the proper action.
"If the property had been zoned for what it's been used for over the past 70 years, we would just have had to get a building permit and would not have needed either a special exception or a variance," the company president said.
If the hearing board approves either request, the project will get underway later this year. The hearing will be held at borough hall, 300 St. Catherine St., at 7 p.m. on July 22. The hearing is open to the public.