Kitty Hawk gives go-ahead for gas station, convenience store

By on April 10, 2019

This is one of the first things to greet visitors to the beach. (Rob Morris)

A long-vacant lot with a run-down building at the corner of U.S. 158 and The Woods Road will be the site of a new gas station and convenience store under a conditional use approved by the Kitty Hawk Town Council.

The filling station is the first phase of a development that could eventually include multi-family housing.

A notable condition put on the project by the Council last week is adding a concrete median to prevent left turns into the gas station from westbound U.S. 158. It would be similar to the one recently added on U.S. 158 at Kitty Hawk Road to block left turns into the  7-Eleven.

The 6.25-acre lot includes an abandoned, 3,100-square-foot service station building that was built in 1958, according to Dare County tax records. The land and lot are valued for tax purposes at $429,800.

Eddie Goodrich, who brought the concept to the town, said construction would begin in June or July. The gas station and convenience store will total 28,000 square feet and include 20 parking spaces.

No underground gas tanks remain on the lot, Goodrich said.

In September, plans for the property went before the Town Council, which approved a zoning text amendment to allow multi-family developments in Planned Commercial Developments in BC-2 zoning districts.

Planning Director Rob Testerman told council members the new wording would affect three parcels. But Mayor Gary Perry noted that the town was most interested in the unsightly lot at one of the first intersections visitors see after crossing the Wright Memorial Bridge.

The land has been vacant for some time and has drawn criticism as an eyesore from town residents, and as Perry noted, “also from our neighbors to the north,” a reference to officials in Southern Shores.

BC-2 districts in Kitty Hawk front U.S. 158 or N.C. 12 and were originally reserved for beach commercial activities, including PCDs, such as strip shopping centers.

When the Barrier Island project near Walmart was being considered, the town agreed to allow multi-family units in a PCD if the parcel was at least 10 acres.

The new amendment extends multi-family development to PCDs in BC-2 districts and decreases the minimum parcel size to 5 acres. Such lots must have at least 500 feet of road frontage along U.S. 158 or N.C. 12.

Besides the lot with the vacant building at 6100 N. Croatan Highway, the other two parcels are the U.S. Post Office and the Kitty Hawk RV Park, both of which abut U.S. 158.

In January, the Town Council reduced the distance gas pumps can be from a highway from 70 feet to 50 feet, the same as allowed by the state.

Only right turns will be permitted in and out of the filling station and convenience store on U.S. 158. Access in both directions will be available on The Woods Road.

Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12-Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 2/3/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from the Whiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi ( for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.

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  • Runnerguy45

    The mayor should move to KDH where gas stations and fast foods joints are loved.
    This is his vision of Kitty Hawk ?
    Sad !!!

    Wednesday, Apr 10 @ 8:46 am
  • Kher

    Still no mention of the brand of station. Hope they’re smart enough to have non-ethanol gas available.

    Wednesday, Apr 10 @ 11:46 am
  • 0ldN3ws

    Hope the new Gas station & store is LEED Platinum & part of the storm Fortified program & has E-85.

    Wednesday, Apr 10 @ 6:24 pm
  • Awesome

    Hope it’s a WAWA! Lit up like a space ship all night long. Decent subs. 10 pumps!

    Wednesday, Apr 10 @ 11:09 pm
  • LOL

    Hope they build a Dunkin’ Donuts and KFC/Taco Bell next to the huge WAWA and multi family apartments !

    Thursday, Apr 11 @ 10:39 am
  • KHer

    0ldN3ws, can you say that in English, please?

    And I second the Wawa!

    Thursday, Apr 11 @ 11:20 am
  • RicknKDH

    Great, another place on the beach to buy overpriced gasoline.

    Thursday, Apr 11 @ 2:50 pm
  • DS

    OldN3ws. LEED Platinum or any LEED certification is a joke. Read up on it and see the things that give you points to each level. It’s just more It’s “GREEN” so it has to be good no matter what stupidity. IE, GREEN does not always mean less pollution; waste; energy use; CO2 emissions or etc.

    Friday, Apr 12 @ 3:07 pm
  • DS

    further more, E85 only drives up the cost of anything that has corn it as well as feed used for animals. E85 just like any gas with Ethenol in it gives you much WORSE gas mileage; DESTROYS boats, small motors and plane engines. It also cannot be used in MANY new vehicles. I’m sure you are thinking “No Offshore drilling” but remember almost everything in your life has petroleum products in it; especially your Tesla or Prius.

    Friday, Apr 12 @ 3:11 pm