The Clark gas station on the corner of Chelsea Avenue and East Main Street is open again -- at least for now.

The Clark gas station on the corner of Chelsea Avenue and East Main Street is open again -- at least for now.

The business reopened in July because of lower oil prices, said owner Sam Jallaq, who also cited his diabetes as a reason why the station had been closed in the past.

Now, it's the operation's present and future that are being called into question.

Bexley development director Bruce Langner said that because the business was closed for more than six months, it must reapply for a zoning permit.

The station sits in a mixed-use commercial area where gas stations are not permitted without a special variance.

Jallaq, who also owns a gas station near East 5th Avenue and Leonard Avenue, said he is not going to reapply for the variance, claiming his business has been open periodically since it first closed in December.

"I've got my gas station, I've got my business and I'm not going anywhere," he said. "I've put $4,000 to $5,000 into that business."

Langner said he has asked Jallaq to provide documentation, such as receipts, to prove the station was open during the first six months of this year.

"They had their water turned off on Dec. 11 and turned back on July 11," Langner said. "If they didn't have water between December and July, we're not sure how they sold gasoline. But I guess they could."

Langner said Jallaq is yet to show the city any documentation that the gas station was open during this period.

"Sometimes I do business, and sometimes I don't," the station owner said. "One day you make money, one day you lose money. There is no guideline."

Langner said the city sent Jallaq an application for the variance.

"We'll just kind of watch it," he said. "If he doesn't apply for the use variance, we would have to decide if we want to take legal action."