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1125.30 GASOLINE SERVICE STATIONS.
(a) Defined. A "gasoline service station" means a premises used for the retail sale of gasoline, other motor vehicle fuel and oil for delivery into automotive vehicles, retail sale of lubricants, tires, batteries, accessories and minor repairs and adjustments.
(b) Location of Pumps and Pump Islands. Pumps and pump islands may be located in any required yard but not less than twenty-five feet from any street right of way.
(c) Storage of Commercial Waste. Commercial waste must be stored within a permanent building or structure, otherwise wholly within an enclosed container so located and maintained that its use will not be harmful or offensive to those on or outside of the property. (Ord. 68-70. Passed 12-7-71.)
(d) Service Station Area Requirements.
(1) The minimum lot area shall be 30,000 square feet; the minimum frontage, 125 feet on at least one street frontage.
(2) The minimum building area shall be 1,200 square feet except for a "limited service station" for which 120 square feet of minimum building area is prescribed with a storage area of at least forty square feet and employee toilet facility provided. Limited service stations can offer no service other than the delivery of gasoline and oil into vehicles for use and changing of tires. They cannot provide lubrication, oil changes, repairs or major equipment installations. (Ord. 164-70. Passed 12-7-71.)
(3) Canopies can be placed no closer then ten feet from the right-of-way line. Light poles can be placed in front of the setback building line provided they are arranged so as to reflect away from adjoining properties and any public street or highway.
(4) Enclosed permanently installed cabinets and racks for the display and storage of motor oil and windshield wiper blades and fluids can be located back of the pump island setback line, twenty-five feet from the street right of way.
(5) Tires can be stored outside the building, but only in permanently installed cabinets or racks, each with dimensions not exceeding twelve feet in length, five feet in width and eight feet in height located behind the setback building line.
(6) Driveways and parking areas shall be paved and drained. Where the lot is next to a residential district, screening in accordance with Section 1125.20 is required.
(7) If rental trailers are stored on the premises, no more than ten percent (10%) of the total site shall be devoted to such activity; no rental units over thirty feet in length shall be permitted; rental vehicles shall not be permitted to be stored either in required off-street parking spaces or within required front building setback; and a minimum of 160 square feet of lot area shall be provided for every trailer to be stored and 320 square feet for every truck to be stored. No vehicle such as a service truck or snow plow, etc., can be parked in front of the pump island line except while being serviced at the pump island.
(8) Signs shall be as regulated by Chapter 1127 hereof.
(Ord. 68-70. Passed 6-2-70.)
(9) Abandoned service stations. An abandoned service station is presumed to be a nuisance affecting or endangering surrounding property values and detrimental to public health, safety, convenience, etc. and shall be abated. An "abandoned station" means one which is not in operation for at least three consecutive months.
When the Building Inspector finds a station to be inoperative for sixty days, he can give notice to the owner to abate the inoperative condition within thirty days by:
A. Placing the station in operation.
If the station is placed in operation within thirty days of the notice and remains in operation for ninety days, this subsection does not apply. It also does not apply if there is a national emergency which could curtail the operation of motor vehicles or if Council declares a state of economic depression; or
B. Adapting and using the building for another permitted use.
If adapting and using the building for another permitted use, the owner must remove pumps, signs and underground tanks and fill any excavation created.
C. Building and grounds shall be maintained in an orderly appearance at all times.
D. If an owner fails to comply with the notice to abate the abandonment, the Building Inspector shall take action to abate the nuisance.
(Ord. 32-74. Passed 8-20-74.)
E. A decision of the Building Inspector may be appealed to the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals under Section 1128.03 of the Zoning Code and Chapter 151 of the Administrative Code.
(Ord. 34-95. Passed 6-6-95.)
(10) Inoperative stations. Inoperative stations which do not come within the definition of abandoned stations must be maintained according to the following standards:
A. The owner must cut all grass, remove all rubbish and weeds, and
B. The parking of motor vehicles is prohibited and a sign to such effect must be placed in the station window. If vehicles are being parked in violation of the notice, the Building Inspector can order the owner of any station inoperative for over six months to install fencing or a barricade sufficient to block access of motor vehicles to the property.
(Ord. 164-70. Passed 12-7-70.)