Md. court blocks Costco’s effort to build Wheaton gas station

WASHINGTON — Costco’s eight-year-long effort to build a mega gas station in Wheaton has been blocked by a ruling from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

The retail giant had appealed previous denials to build the 16-pump gas station at the Westfield Wheaton Mall in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Maryland’s second highest court ruled April 11 there would be a risk of the gas station causing adverse health effects to members of the community.

Costco’s planned location for the gas station was about 120 feet away from a neighborhood of single family homes, and next to both a community swimming pool and tennis club and the Stephen Knolls School for children with developmental disabilities.

The court’s ruling comes after fifteen months of deliberation and follows a yearslong legal battle.

In December 2010, Costco applied for the special exemption permit to construct the gas…

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