CHESHIRE — A New York company is planning to renovate the gas station at the corner of South Main Street and North Brooksvale Road as well as replace the former repair shop with a convenience store.
Town planners want architectural plans from the developer and said they hope the renovations can improve the look of the prominent location.
Royal Visions Management & Investments applied for a special permit to replace the garage with retail. The Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday continued the application, requesting more detailed drawings.
The former Irving gas station at the intersection has been closed for months. Jerry Sitko, the town’s economic development coordinator, said Royal Visions owns a number of convenience stores. It will remain a gas station after renovations, if approved.
Royal Visions could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
EJ Kurtz Jr., chairman of the planning commission, said commission members didn’t oppose the concept of a convenience store for that corner but had concerns about the placeholder design presented Monday night.
“(Commissioners) wanted to make sure it was dressed up nice,” Kurtz said. “It’s right on Route 10.”
Gil Linder, a commission member, said the property is near historic structures and on a busy intersection. He wants to see a commitment to a design from the company before approving the special permit.
Linder said he’d want the same from any other area buildings if they were changing hands and had to come before the commission.
“I look at it as an opportunity to improve what we have in town, improve the architecture that’s at a crossroads,” Linder said.
Several buildings farther south on Route 10 have been torn down or renovated in the past year. Other properties are for sale. Sitko is pleased with the activity and improvement on buildings that have been neglected.
“We’re going to see more and more redevelopment down there I think,” he said.
The commission will meet again in two weeks to revisit Royal Visions’ application.
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