RaceTrac receives site approval for Naples gas station

A rendering of a proposed RaceTrac gas station to go in on Airport-Pulling Road in Naples.

A rendering of a proposed RaceTrac gas station to go in on Airport-Pulling Road in Naples.

— RaceTrac cleared another hurdle with the city of Naples Wednesday when City Council voted 4-3 to approve its site plan for a new gas station on Airport-Pulling Road. The company faces final design approval with the city early next year.

For months, RaceTrac staff appeared before city advisory boards to vet building plans. And more than once, they had to tweak their standard design to comply with stringent city codes, defending their red and yellow color scheme and negotiating for additional signs advertising for coffee and the price of gas.

The company’s 330 stores in the southeastern United States typically feature large convenience stores with food and coffee and often two dozen fueling stations housed under a large canopy.

On Wednesday, council approved the 6,000-square-foot convenience store and 20 gas station pumps to be built on the southwest corner of North Horseshoe Drive and Airport-Pulling Road. The approval including seven variations to city codes, which permitted the advertising of gas prices using LED lights.

While the vote was split, council members agreed much work had been done to bring the corporate design in line with the city’s aesthetic.

“This is the best RaceTrac I’ve ever seen,” Councilman Doug Finlay said.

City Planner Erica Goodwin said RaceTrac still faces final approval from the city’s Design Review Board. Collier County will have to approve aspects of the site that affect right-of-way improvements as well, she said.

Goodwin said those approvals are slated for early next year. She was not aware of an estimated construction or open date for the gas station.

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