Hearing to reestablish Main Street gas station postponed

By Lydia Goerner | Jul 12, 2017

The Zoning Board of Appeals postponed the hearing of Ossama Mohamed's request to reestablish use of the gas station at 307 Main St.

The gas station is officially considered abandoned since a property is deemed abandoned after two years of disuse. Since gas stations are not permitted under any zoning district in Wareham because of a town meeting decision, Mohamed has to apply for a special exception to be allowed to reestablish the gas station.

The hearing was scheduled for Wednesday night, but at the meeting, Mohamed's lawyer said he only filed a request for a use variance, but he now wants to request a use variance, a special permit and/or an appeal of the building inspector's decision. That way, if a use variance is not granted, there may be another option to allow Mohamed to reopen the gas station.

Since all three of these items were not mentioned in the original application, the Zoning Board said the hearing would be postponed to a later, undetermined date.

Mohamed, who also owns Sam's Gas at 274 Marion Road, currently owns the Main Street property and has paid taxes on it for more than two years. He has maintained the property, fixing the concrete and potholes at the gas station. Now, he is hoping to start making money back on the business.

Zoning Board members said they hope the hearing will be held within the next few weeks.

Comments (7)
Posted by: Chaka | Jul 12, 2017 21:20

Not sure what the town is trying to pull here, but it's clear they are up to no good. My guess is that they want that property for when and if we ever get the commuter rail. Too bad the owner doesn't have the letter the town sent him asking him to hold off on reopening until they finished with the train station. First they forced the pawn shop out and now they are going after this guy. They claim the property is abandoned if left alone for two years. Too bad they don't see that for abandoned houses. Guess it only applies to gas stations. Your thoughts?


Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 12, 2017 22:49

what what what...the pawn shop is gone?  Are you sure?  I just saw the big ole' open flag waving in front of the door a few days ago.  Unless it just closed, I think the pawn shop is still open.  If not where am I going to get my tools, fishing equipment, and DVDs?  There is nothing wrong with that business.  Good stuff at good prices.  Leave Dominic alone!


As far as Mohamed's gas station...same response...Leave Mohamed alone!  I'm glad that neither my employer nor my employment relies on this town.  Such a "can't do" environment.  Can't open a gas station.  Can't run a pawn/second hand shop.  Can't move a liquor store.  Can't do anything.


Last week I referenced the Swift's Beach debacle.  I'm not going to tell that story again tonight.  I'm just saying that this gas station situation seems similar.  What's the poor guy going to do?  If the town won't budge on reopening as a gas station, I hope he can demand that the town purchase it from him at full market value.

Posted by: cranky pants | Jul 13, 2017 07:46

What if the gas station owner decides to back charge the town for the sales he's missing out on daily with gas and bong sales ?

I bet things would roll out differently..

Posted by: greycat | Jul 13, 2017 21:24

A perfect example of the anti-business attitude of the town as well as some folks being more equal than others.  There are 2 gas station on Main Street already.  The zoning laws may have been ramrodded through town meeting as they usually are, being long, complicated, and unable to be amended, but the town meeting did not WRITE the zoning bylaw.  That was done by ONE individual, probably unknown, who flummoxed a committee( thereby avoiding personal responsibility) to agree  to the crackpot scheme without ever having to endure the results.  Politics of personal taste!  Gotta love it! 

Posted by: WWreader | Jul 15, 2017 06:44

So it sounds like you are all saying that our town officials should ignore the laws.  I was at that town meeting and if you were not then where do you come up with your ridiculous statements? Those of us who go to town meeting are not gullible, uninformed sheep who vote mindlessly. In fact, we take the time to become informed. We listen carefully to every citizen who stands to speak for or against an article and then make our decisions. If you all want another gas station on Main Street go to the variance meeting and speak in favor instead of criticizing every town official and the zoning board for following our laws, and every person who voted at town meeting. I notice that no one is questioning why the owner waited two years without inquiring about the rules and regulations regarding gas stations in town. Ignorance of the law is never an excuse that holds up in court. Just saying.

Posted by: felinesmom | Jul 15, 2017 09:15

WWReader, in the original article in this paper, the station owner was told by the town to wait until the "streetscaping-bumpout" project was completed before opening the business.  Apparently, the town did not tell the owner that there was a two year limit on staying closed. 


Posted by: WWreader | Jul 16, 2017 07:54

Yes, I read that too but find it hard to believe. There was very little disruption of business near the gas station location during the streetscape work. And what good business person who could clearly see that would pay taxes on a building without again inquiring about opening the station for business? Keep in mind that the work was finished last year, so why not go back to the town then for permits? Seems like maybe this business owner bears some responsibility here. Unless you think current laws should be overlooked by the town officials, this has to play out legally.

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