Rutter’s plans store at site of former King’s restaurant

Planning commission gives favorable review to project

Blair County Planning Commission members Thursday gave a favorable review to plans for Rutter’s to construct a convenience store at the site of the former King’s Family Restaurant, 3001 Sixth Ave.

Rutter’s is planning a 6,868-square-foot building, a paved parking lot, sidewalks, fueling islands and various landscaping.

“This is different than their other locations; it is not made to handle large truck traffic. Think of this as a Sheetz,” said Jamie L. Klink, community planner.

Thirty-eight parking spaces, including two handicap spaces, are planned. The project also includes 10 bicycle parking spaces.

“We would like to recommend that the proposed bicycle parking facilities be a modern design, such as an ‘inverted U’ type rack, as opposed to the older-style, ‘BMX/schoolyard’ type rack,” Klink said.

There will be five access points to the site.

Sidewalks will be constructed along a portion of the property line, however, the developer has omitted sidewalks near the intersection of Sixth and Seventh avenues and 31st Street because of potential unsafe street crossings in this area.

Commission members agreed to defer to the city to determine the feasibility of sidewalks near the intersection, Klink said.

Because of the potential for a high volume of traffic and the site’s location near a busy intersection, a PennDOT Transportation Impact Study may be needed, Klink said.