"It certainly seems safest to move them (the children) to a safe sidewalk, provide shelter," said Sheetz's attorney, Stephen Golder of Jenkins Fenstermaker PLLC.
Golder explained that the revised site plan goes above and beyond what is required of Sheetz Inc.
Though Sheetz has offered to construct the sidewalk and bus shelter, the company does not have the property rights to do so, which concerned board member Al Ruebush.
"We are ignoring safety concerns expressed by Putnam County Schools," he said.
The board agreed that the construction of the sidewalk and bus shelter was a private legal matter that should not affect its decision to grant the special use permit, and that evidence presented by Golder alleviated their initial concerns.
After Thursday night's vote, Chairman Stephen Sluss stood by the board's decision.
"Sheetz does make a very strong effort to be a good neighbor," he said.
Though disappointed in the board's decision, parent and Green Acres resident Dave Corsaro said, "We do appreciate their effort to mitigate the bus stop issue."
A date has not been set for construction to begin on the new gas station.