The Sunoco gas station at 2061 U.S. 23 North will be torn down and a new gas station with a convenience store will be built in its place.
Delaware City Council recently approved the development plans from Certified Oil on property that is already zoned for use as a general business district. It was estimated that the present station was built sometime in the 1970s.
Certified has bought a quarter-acre of land west of its property from Delaware County, which owns the Big Lots Shopping Center. The purchase will allow Certified to demolish the old station and build an expanded, more-efficient 4,400-square-foot gas station and convenience store on the one-acre site.
The Subway franchise currently at the site will also be maintained.
“The building would have two entrances, one fronting U.S. 23 North and one fronting the new rear access drive after Certified acquired an easement from Delaware County utilizing the Big Lots Shopping Center parking lot to access the traffic signal on U.S. 23 North,” states a fact sheet prepared for council by city staff. “The gas station would have six fuels pumps under a new canopy with a new right-in/right-out curb cut from U.S. 23 North along with access to the above-mentioned access easement in the rear of the building.”
There would be 14 parking spaces, on the east and west sides of the gas station. An enclosed dumpster would be placed northeast of the station.
“A loading zone would be located just north of the building while an access drive connecting the east and west parking lot would be located just south of the building,” said a planning commission staff report.
Although the site is expanded, there will be no commercial diesel fueling for semi-trucks.
“It would not include any overnight parking for semis or trucks,” said city planning director David Efland.
In response to a question from Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle, a representative from Certified said he wasn’t certain if the station would retain the Sunoco brand name.
Before council’s unanimous passage last week, the city’s planning commission also gave its approval to Certified’s plans, with 18 conditions. Among the conditions were that outdoor merchandise (ice, propane tanks, mulch, etc.) would be located on the north side of the building and a separating low wall built; but no movie boxes or ATM machines would be allowed outside.
Construction is slated to begin in late summer or early fall, and completed in three to four months.