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    Indiana Martins supermarket to sell gas, Ohio retailer appeals permit rejection.

    SOUTH BEND -- Customers of Martin's Super Market in South Bend, Ind. will soon have the opportunity to buy gasoline there. The city Common Council approved a rezoning request Monday that allows for the installation of several gasoline pumps.

    City officials said the facility will not be a full-service gas station, nor have a convenience store. It will have gas pumps and a small, 10-by-20-foot attendant station where small items, like cigarettes, will be sold, according to the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune.

    As part of the project, Martin's will give up a small strip of land on the east side of the property so that the city can widen Ironwood and install a left turn lane for northbound traffic.

    Martin's also will install landscaping for screening and redirect lighting for the project away from condominiums, just north of the supermarket.

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    The owners of American Petroleum Retail Inc. have appealed a decision the by Toledo City Council, which rejected a request to operate a gas station and convenience store. The company filed the appeal last week asking that the council's June 24 rejection of a special-use permit be overturned. The case has been assigned to Judge Charles Wittenberg.

    The permit application from Michael Howard, president of the oil company, was rejected 11-0. Two weeks before the meeting, the council's zoning and planning committee unanimously recommended against the proposal The company was proposing to operate the business in a vacant gas station, but the request was opposed by residents in the neighborhood. The station has been closed since 1999.

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