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Sunoco submits different plans for Washington Street convenience store

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A Rochester developer has new hope for a larger Sunoco convenience store on Washington Street nearly two years after neighbors expressed displeasure with the original plans.

This time, Sunoco Inc., Rochester, is not proposing to demolish the 1,568-square-foot existing building at 1222 Washington St. to construct a larger one behind it. Instead, the developer plans to keep the existing store and expand it by 508 square feet by adding to each side of the building.

Kenneth A. Mix, the city’s planning and community development coordinator, said Sunoco representatives plan to submit the new plans to the city Planning Board on Tuesday. The company is asking for a waiver from having to submit site plans. Mr. Mix’s office determined the company qualifies for the waiver, according to a memo to the Planning Board.

“It’s smaller, so I think it’s a compromise,” he said.

The meeting will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the third-floor council chambers at City Hall.

Plans call for a convenience store similar to the one on Arsenal Street that was built after an existing shop was torn down. The new Washington Street store would have a “beer cave,” a walk-in cooler offering six- and 12-packs of different kinds of beers. Large glass containers of beer, known as growlers, also will be sold.

A coffee station, frozen drink machine, sandwich case and other new amenities would be a part of the new store.

City planners recommend adding four evergreen trees to act as “a visual buffer” to an enclosed trash bin.

In December 2011, the Planning Board unanimously denied Sunoco’s request for a zoning change from Residence A to Neighborhood Business after neighbors expressed concerns that the new shop would devalue their property and be too detrimental to the neighborhood.

The zoning change is not needed for the revised project, Mr. Mix said.

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