The Odenton Town Center Plan Oversight Committee on Tuesday recommended approval of early plans for a High's Dairy Store near the corner of Annapolis Road and Charter Oaks Boulevard.
The committee saw rough plans for a convenience store and seven gas pumps, as well as a 1,300-square-foot car wash.
The High's plan is similar to one approved by the town center committee several years ago for a BP station at the site. The BP project fell through, but High's is the new tenant and introduced a plan that company officials said was "less intense."
The convenience store and gas station area will comprise about 3,500 square feet officials said, while most other similar plans are more than 5,000 square feet in size. High's officials said they have introduced this design at two stores in Howard County and another in St. Michael's, MD.
Committee member Don Price asked whether the community could support another gas station, given that there is a BP station, Hess and Royal Farms store nearby.
"Certainly, I think there's enough business to support it or I wouldn't be standing here," said High's representative Briana Darnell.
High's noted that aside from Royal Farms, none of the other gas stations in the area offer the same array of services.
Committee member Norman Myers said he was concerned about the gas station's proximity to a community center and pool in the nearby Seven Oaks development. In recommending approval of the plan, the committee asked that the county examine the potential for safety problems.