Some years ago Speedway constructed a 175-foot-long sidewalk on Fourth Avenue, behind its existing store. The company has offered to convey that sidewalk to the city and extend it by 186 feet in return for an 80-foot-long, 15-foot-wide drive the city owns near MacCorkle Avenue.
Speedway representatives who attended Thursday's meeting said the company has already acquired two small lots from the University of Charleston. The university acquired a total of 6.8 acres in the area in 2006 when The Dow Chemical Co.'s Union Carbide Corp. subsidiary donated Building 82 to the university.
In response to a query from the Daily Mail, University of Charleston Communications Director Scott Castleman said that according to Cleta Harless, the university's executive vice president and chief financial officer, the school does not foresee the proposed land swap with Speedway having any ramifications on the future sale and development of the university's remaining property.
The proposed deal must be approved by council again before it becomes final.
Speedway's expansion plan comes after Sheetz revealed plans to build a gasoline station and convenience store in Spring Hill, several blocks west of the Speedway.
In other action Thursday, council agreed to buy portable baskets for the Community Center from Griffin Sports LLC of Cincinnati, Ohio, for $26,680.
Council also approved spending $71,237 to landscape and re-sod the front nine holes of Little Creek Golf Course. Councilman Jeff Means, who chairs the Finance Committee, said that although the budget has now been set, a bidder had not yet been selected.