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The nearest building is 840 feet away from the proposed site of the gas terminal in Morningside neighborhood.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
A Missouri gas company wants to build a five-tank, 360,000-gallon terminal in an old industrial area south of Roanoke’s Morningside neighborhood.
Inergy Services LLC plans to invest $3.6 million in the project, according to a request to rezone the land filed with the city planning department. The company expects the terminal will employ five people.
Inergy hopes to serve gas marketing firms in the area.
Its plans call for three 60,000-gallon tanks for storing propane and two 90,000-gallon tanks for butane, and it expects there would be about 10 railcars on the site at any one time.
The site is about 450 feet west of the Roanoke River and 1,230 feet from 13th Street. The nearest building is 840 feet away on an industrial site to the south. The Norfolk Southern right of way and steep wooded bluffs separate the site from the Morningside neighborhoods to the north while the Roanoke River floodway buffers the site from homes to the east.
“It’s going to be incumbent on them to show that it is going to be safe,” said Chris Chittum, the city’s planning, building and development director.
If the city approves a rezoning, the company would still have to submit a site plan that would allow a detailed review of the terminal’s layout by the fire department and other city agencies.
The company expects the terminal will generate additional traffic of two trucks an hour during the winter and fewer than that in other seasons. It will need two rail deliveries a day during the heating season.
Propane firms now generally truck gas into the area from a terminal in North Carolina about 170 miles away.
The gas will come from upstate New York, where an affiliate has large natural gas storage facilities.
Inergy will supply butane to local pipeline terminals, where it will be blended with gasoline.
The company has a fleet of more than 200 trucks and trailers and supplies approximately 350 independent dealers and multi-state marketers across the country.
The company did not respond to requests for comment.
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