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Board of Zoning Appeals considers gas station

September 19, 2018

HUNTINGTON — The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals was expected to vote Tuesday, Sept. 18, whether to allow a gas station and convenience store to open at the former Save Way, which police said was once the location of a criminal enterprise scheme.

The new gas station would open at 1353 Madison Ave. under new operator Rabia Ousdi. It was unclear Monday if the gas station would be franchised from a larger chain or be privately owned. The property is currently owned by Iwad Jarwan, of Huntington.

Anyone wishing to voice support or opposition to the new gas station may attend the board’s regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the City Hall Council Chambers.

The gas station would open in the now-defunct Save Way, which police said was operated by two brothers in a criminal enterprise. From 2014 to 2016, police said customers would be given lists of items needed to stock the store, which they could purchase with government benefit cards in exchange for 50 percent of the items’ cash value. On some occasions, customers were transported to different businesses to make the purchases. The operator of the former store and two others were convicted in connection with the scheme, and two of them are now in prison.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the Board of Zoning Appeals will vote whether to allow Capital Venture Corporation, located at 809 3rd Ave., to put up a wall sign not facing a street within the C-3, Central Business Zoning District.

Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.

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