Wellsville residents’ opinions divided on proposed truck stop

WELLSVILLE — Nearly a year after Steve Kyriopoulos first filed an application to build his All-American Auto Plaza, the topic continues to divide Wellsville residents. The Planning Commission hosted a hearing Wednesday night to allow public input and consider approval for Kyriopoulos’ application.

“We want everyone to have a chance to be heard,” said Commission Chairman Russell Glenn. “We have not made any decision yet and we’re not leaning one way or another.”

If approved, the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 89-91 and 400 North in Wellsville would be home to a gas station, motel and truck stop.

Residents in the area are concerned that the proposed truck stop will bring unwanted traffic, noise, pollution and crime to the area. Many are also concerned that it will decrease the value of homes and change the rural feel of Wellsville.

“We have a beautiful community here in Wellsville,” resident Kelly Parkinson said. “There’s a reason we all love to live here.”

Richard Boyce, part-owner of the proposed truck stop, believes that despite the current concerns of residents, the business would benefit the community in the long-run.

“There will be a lot of jobs created,” Boyce said. “It won’t be nearly as devastating as people think.”

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