Decision for new Sheetz in Kent still pending

Bo Gemmell

The Kent Planning Commission decided to postphone a decision about the potential addition of a Sheetz gas station and convenience store in town until a Sept. 2 meeting.

Six Sheetz representatives came to the meeting Monday night to explain the project and answer questions from the public.

Steve Funk, an Akron-based lawyer for Sheetz, said the store in Kent would utilize a new design that has a “fresher, up-to-date look.”

“We think it’s going to make this area look attractive,” he said.

About 25 Kent city residents came to the hearing to ask questions and voice concerns, primarily about lighting, landscaping, traffic and cosmetics.

Kent resident Andy Esparza said the business could threaten the safety of the neighborhood and the environment.

“A 24-7 business environment leads to crime,” he said. “These people just don’t get it. They’re here for business.”

Another resident, Lloyd Atkinson, said he supports Sheetz because it produces income tax.

“It costs Kent nothing,” he said.

Contact general assignment reporter Bo Gemmell at [email protected].