Town Pump gets approval for expanded store, casino, gas station Uptown – Montana Standard

Town Pump got the green light Thursday night to move forward with a plan to expand its current gas station, casino, and store at the intersection of Montana and Platinum streets.

A shorthanded Butte-Silver Bow Zoning Board of Adjustment voted unanimously, 4-0, to grant the Butte-based company two variances that will allow the company to remove a strip of homes on the 500 block of South Idaho Street and build a more-than-10,000-square-foot casino and convenience store in their place.

The board normally has seven members, but Julie Jaksha and Michael Mulcahy were absent and Franki Weitzel had to abstain from voting because she is an employee of Town Pump.

That left Dave Wing, Joel Arnoldi, Todd Collins, and Tyler Shaffer to determine the project’s fate after hearing a mix of strong support for, vociferous objection to, and mixed feelings about the plan.

District 12 Commissioner Dan Callahan praised both Town Pump, which he lauded for doing “great things” for the community, and the project, which he said would enhance the Montana Street corridor that he says serves as “the gateway to Uptown and the gateway to Montana Tech.”

“I think it’s real exciting for Butte,” Callahan said.

But several residents of the affected block of Idaho Street said they felt left out of Town Pump’s planning process and expressed concern about how it would affect their neighborhood.

John Decker, who lives in one of the houses owned by Town Pump and slated for removal, said he and his wife first heard about the project through Facebook.

“I’m not necessarily against the application so much as there’s been no conversation between Town Pump and the residents of Idaho Street,” Decker said.

While he

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