CHESHIRE — The New York owner of a host of gas stations bought a vacant former Sunoco location and adjacent garage on South Main Street and North Brooksvale Road with plans to redevelop the property.
Sami Jamal of Royal Visions Management and Investments got approval to build a convenience store and gas station on the property several months ago. Town officials aren’t sure what brand gas station it will be, but worked with Jamal to hone the designs.
He owns other gas stations in New York and Connecticut.
Toby Brimberg of O,R&L said the deal was closed on May 31. Two parcels totaling 1.65 acres sold for $1.9 million.
The property included the gas station with garage bays as well as a neighboring building with retail and garage space. Jamal plans to redevelop the site with just the convenience store and gas station.
EJ Kurtz III, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said the property has high-visibility.
“We had a hard time. He came in with some plans that weren’t satisfactory to us,” he said. “I think after the third meeting he came in with nice plans, changes and things the commission wanted to see.”
Jamal is removing the garage bays, adding different rooflines and putting brick around the base of the store.
Kurtz and other commission members were pleased with the final design.
“We told him, ‘Hey, we’re serious, we want to see a nice place here,’” he said. “It looks pretty good on paper.”
Town Planner William Voelker said the commission “got a better outcome I think” by pressing for certain architectural features.
Royal Vision couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.
Several parcels on the stretch of South Main Street south of the gas station have been redeveloped in recent months and more work is planned.
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