Kum & Go in Hayden is seeking approval to move to this vacant lot at Walnut Street and Jefferson Avenue.

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Kum & Go in Hayden is seeking approval to move to this vacant lot at Walnut Street and Jefferson Avenue.

Hayden gas station aims to move into historic downtown district

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The Kum & Go in Hayden is seeking approval to move just down the street to a vacant lot at the corner of Walnut Street and Jefferson Avenue.

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— Kum & Go wants to move down Jefferson Avenue in Hay­den, but to do so it needs the Hay­den Town Council to amend the town’s land-use code.

The Hayden Planning Com­mission is scheduled to consider a request from Kum & Go on Thursday to amend the list of permitted principal uses in the historic downtown district to allow the relocation of existing gas stations.

Kum & Go would like to move its station to Walnut Street and Jefferson Avenue from Poplar Street and Jefferson Avenue.

The Planning Commission’s action will determine whether it will recommend approval or denial of the request to the Hayden Town Council. The Town Council will consider the request Feb. 17.

Hayden’s land-use code, approved after the town’s comprehensive plan was adopted in 2005 and updated in 2007, doesn’t allow gas stations downtown — an area bordered by Washington Avenue to the south, Lincoln Avenue to the north, Second Street to the west and Pine Street to the east. The historic downtown district is intended to be a pedestrian-friendly area that promotes retail, residential and office uses.

The land-use code, however, allowed the existing downtown gas stations, Kum & Go and Bear River Valley Co-op, to remain.

Kum & Go made a similar request in January 2010, but without citing a reason, asked that the Planning Commission delay action. Company officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Steamboat lawyer Bob Weiss is helping Kum & Go with the request. In a letter to the town dated Dec. 1, he wrote that they think the change would be consistent with the town’s comprehensive plan while benefiting Hayden.

“The plan recognizes that growth of commercial uses should be available to meet the demands of the vehicle traffic,” Weiss wrote. “This will increase sales tax revenues. If the town were to approve this text amendment to allow relocation of the existing Kum & Go store to the new location, it would not result in a proliferation of convenience-type facilities. The town would only be preserving the existing situation.”

Town planner Tim Katers, in his review of the request to the Planning Commission, wrote that it is not a referendum about whether a new Kum & Go would be a positive addition to Hayden.

Katers recommended that the Planning Commission recommend that the council deny the request because it’s not supported by the town’s comprehensive plan and land-use code.

Hayden resident Tammie Del­­aney, who served as a coordinator of the comprehensive plan, said more than 500 community members participated in drafting it. She said it outlines a community vision for growth that doesn’t allow additional gas stations downtown.

Delaney said Kum & Go officials, during an open-house meeting with community members in September, called the proposed new gas station the company’s “flagship.” She isn’t opposed to a bigger Kum & Go station but said there are locations on the east and west sides of town zoned for auto-oriented commercial uses.

She added that Walnut, downtown Hayden’s main street, is an “untapped treasure” and has the potential to be vibrant again.

“Kum & Go, there’s some great places for them to put this flagship store, and that’s exciting,” Delaney said. “But the intention for Walnut Street is to get people to come and stay for an hour if there are shops, a week if there’s lodging or a lifetime if they want to come and raise a family here.”

Town Clerk Susan Irvine said Kum & Go wouldn’t submit an application for the new store’s design unless the land use code were amended to allow the relocation of the gas station.

Comments

boater1 3 years, 2 months ago

so a bigger store a block away? after all that expense? does that make any financial sense for a gas station? will they have 2x the amount of candy bars or something? hayden would be foolish not to take a fools dollar.

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jake gray 3 years, 2 months ago

Just think if they move Kum and Go to the out skirts of Hayden East or West side what will happen with the traffic in town? They will buzz right on through Hayden without even looking to see what else the town has to offer. The way it is now these travelers stop in the middle of town and maybe see other business's. Now I agree its a hard choice to make but if they build a nice facility that matchs the exsisting Walnut Street structures, it would enhance the downtown area. This store will put travelers right in the middle of downtown, more exposure for the midway building business's, restraunts, bar, liquor store, and all the business's in downtown and on Walnut Street. Its a draw in item, you know they will stop at a convenience store so why put that out at the edge of town. The town as well could begin a special district historical fund, when a business wants to build or remodel in this district they could charge a historical fund on there permits and use that money for future restoration work in that district only. Last comment just think of the traffic and safety, If your from Hayden you know this is one of only a few places the school kids go for lunch, its convenient and in town. Now if you move it to the outskirts of town either west or east side you have 45-65 mph zones this will put traffic and the public in hazardous situations with speeding traffic and hoards of school kids walking and driving to this new location. Granted DOT will make them install turn lanes and sidewalks but this I see as a huge concern I have worked with car accidents for almost 15 years and have seen and worked many on both sides of Hayden because of speeding traffic that doesn't pay attention to the signs until they are in town. Many of these accidents are within a mile of town and have been very tragic. I just want to say weigh the pro's and con's.

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