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Newsfront - August 3, 2007

Gas station undergoing upgrade

New improved Alamo Chevron will reopen in late November

by Natalie O'Neill

Drivers looking to refuel along Danville Boulevard in Alamo will have their local Chevron station back in late November.

A complete remodeling of the station began last week, which will include a convenience store more than six times the size of the previous mart. New gas pumps, lighting and a layout that encourages efficiency will also be part of the improvements.

"It's a knockdown and rebuild - it's going to be a completely new station. Hopefully it will become more convenient," said Janli Degenhardt, community relations specialist for Chevron.

The previous pumps, which were about 30 years old, will be upgraded for safety, environmental impact and to help customers fill up more quickly.

Chevron worked closely with Alamo Improvement Association and was receptive to recommendations from local planners, said Preston Taylor of AIA.

"We're really pleased with how cooperative Chevron has been," he said.

Initially the gas station was planned to run diagonally to Danville Boulevard, but AIA members had concerns the layout would expose unattractive sides of surrounding buildings. Alamo residents believed the structure wouldn't mesh well with what already existed, AIA members said.

Chevron builders then went back to the drawing board and came up with a design that runs perpendicular to Danville Boulevard. The goal was to deal with community input thoroughly, Degenhardt said.

"We want to make sure we address community needs," she said.

Currently, the station site is a fenced-off area with large dug up patches, mounds of dirt and construction equipment.

While the gas pumps may be completed before the convenience store, the company has decided to open both sections of the station at the same time Nov. 20. Blocked off areas and ongoing construction is enough of a safety risk to hold off on the opening, Degenhardt said.

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