Annapolis is conducting a traffic study for a proposed Giant gas station on Bay Ridge Road more than a year after saying the study wasn't necessary.
The city's Planning and Zoning Department hired a Gambrills-based company called Traffic Concepts to conduct the two-phase analysis, said Jon Arason, the department's director.
The study, which cost Giant Foods approximately $10,800, should be completed and ready for the Board of Appeals to review at its January meeting, Arason said.
The board was set to discuss the gas station at its Nov. 20 meeting.
Developers for Giant supermarkets applied for a special exception from the board to build a Stop and Shop gas station in the parking lot of the Bay Forest Shopping Center in August 2010.
Residents of the Fairwinds Condominiums, located adjacent to the shopping center, quickly opposed the idea. They claimed the new gas station, which would offer discounts to Giant shoppers, would greatly increase traffic to the area.
Fairwinds residents demanded a traffic study, and sued in May 2011 after the Board of Appeals decided the study wasn't required.
In August, an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge remanded the board's special exception granting approval for the gas station with instructions that it had to explain why the study wasn't needed.
Residents are hopeful that the study will kill Giant's gas station proposal by showing too much of a negative impact on area traffic, said Ray Sullivan, an organizer for Save Your Annapolis Neck.
He thinks the proposed location would be better serve the community as a restaurant or office space.
Arason said anyone who wishes to view the results of the study will able to do so once it's completed and reveiwed by the city and Anne Arundel County.