Lot at Marshall Drive and Laurel Road

A new convenience store is being built in this empty lot at Marshall Drive and Laurel Road.

Developers are seeking to build a new gas station and convenience store on Laurel Road at the intersection of Marshall Drive, former home of the Parkway Sinclair truck stop.

The property owners are asking for a zone change for a portion of the vacant lot, about 15,000 square feet, that is zoned for residential use, according to Nicole Cromwell, the city’s zoning coordinator.

The remainder of the 1.6-acre lot is zoned for controlled industrial use.

The gas station and restaurant, which were owned by Stockton Oil, were torn down last year. No homes were on the property, including the area zoned residential. The spot is surrounded by mostly residential property to the south.

The developers are seeking to convert the entire property to community commercial use, according to Cromwell. Because it’s surrounded by homes, the developers would be required to limit access on residential streets, build landscaping and suppress noise, Cromwell said.

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Stockton sold the property last year to C-Store Properties LLC, which operates Cono-Mart stores.

The land without the buildings was appraised at $308,992 in 2016, according to Montana Cadastral, a state-run property database.

The city’s zoning commission is expected to consider the request April 4.

The developers have not filed building permits, and no construction or opening date has been announced.

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