Mars families at odds over plans to build gas station near high school, middle school

MARS, Pa. — Plans for a gas station to be built next to the Mars senior high school and middle school have parents aggravated.

Leaders are considering building either a GetGo or a Sheetz. The Sheetz could be built on one side of Route 228, but some parents told Channel 11 they’re worried about beer being sold so close to a school.

As for the GetGo, it could be built across the street where there are currently soccer fields.

The president of the Mars Area Soccer Club, Aaron Wollerton, said his group can’t afford to lose those fields.

“This season, the Mars Area Soccer Club has the largest enrollment we ever had in our 35 year history which is tremendous. But there’s already a need for additional athletic facilities in our community and all of our youth sports leagues are already cramped. Things are in the works but property around here is expensive and it takes years to develop a playable field,” Wollerton said.

Adams Township Manager Gary Peaco said the Board of Supervisors denied the GetGo late last month, but the company could appeal the decision. As for the Sheetz, the board is expected to make a decision on those plans later this month.

Other parents said they’re concerned about a gas station causing traffic issues on Route 228, especially in the morning and afternoon during arrival and dismissal.