May 16, 2022

Botu Linum

The Car & Automotive Devotees

Backers of Park Ave. gas station withdraw ZBA permit application

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WORCESTER — The developer of a proposed gas station, convenience store and car wash on Park Avenue abruptly withdrew its plans midway through a contentious Zoning Board of Appeals hearing Wednesday night. 

Chelmsford-based Prayosha Realty Trust, which is seeking to develop the parcels at 360-370 Park Ave. next to Austin Liquors, sought a special permit from the ZBA to construct and develop a new automobile refueling station, including six stacked fuel dispensing islands and an approximately 4,048-square-foot overhead canopy and a car wash building.

But when ZBA Chair Joseph Wanat interrupted the public comment section of the hearing for the special permit to announce he had to leave to attend another meeting, Joshua Lee Smith, the lawyer representing Prayosha before the ZBA, requested a leave to withdraw without prejudice.