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City OKs gas station for Walmart lot
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Rincon City Council members approved a final site plan for a proposed gas station to be built adjacent to Walmart.

Council members voted 5-0 to allow Murphy Oil Inc. USA to build a combination gas station/convenience store at the northern end of Walmart’s parking lot. Grant Dennis of GreenbergFarrow, an Atlanta architectural firm that has been working with Murphy on its stores, said the store will have entrances on the south and east sides.

“We’ll add directional arrows to the Walmart parking lot to help people find their way through it,” he said.

The store will be 1,200 square feet and the gas station will have eight multi-pump lanes, according to Dennis. Work on the station is expected to start in February and last about three months.

Council members also approved to surplus seven parcels that were part of the property the city acquired last year off Blue Jay and McCall roads. The city bought just more than 60 acres for $365,000 last year and erected a fire station on one of the parcels.

The city will surplus about 56 acres.

“You can’t sell it unless you surplus it,” City Manager Wesley Corbitt said. “But you can always not sell it. You may decide to keep a couple of pieces of property.”

The city also has agreed to cede land to Effingham County to build a new intersection at Blue Jay and McCall. City attorney Raymond Dickey said he will draw deeds for two parcels, one of which will be burdened with easements for three other parcels. A termination clause will be included when the road is built. A reserve will be placed on the road’s deeds if it is not built within 10 years. If that time passes without the county completing the road work, the land reverts to the city, Dickey explained.