Developer Marvin Rose of Carioca Co. said site work began in late February and construction of the building will be next. The station, located on a 4.3-acre site on the northeast corner of the exit, has been in the planning stages since the project was approved by Maricopa County in 2014. Construction was expected to begin in 2015 but was delayed after a change in civil engineers to lead the project, Rose said.
When the project was first unveiled it was met with opposition from neighbors who voiced concerns about excess noise, increased traffic and fears of overnight truck parking. Those concerns prompted Rose to tweak the design, eliminating the potential for overflow truck parking.
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Rose told In&Out no significant changes have been made to the original plans for the project, which include:
- 4,788-square-foot one-story convenience store
- 3,330-square-foot fuel canopy
- 2,430-square-foot diesel canopy
- 65-foot illuminated freeway sign
- Five 18-foot light poles
- Electric-vehicle charging station
“We hope to be completed sometime in July, barring any unforeseen problems,” Rose said in an email.
Three 5-acre commercial parcels, at the former Jackass Acres site, remain for sale adjacent to the Shell station, Tom Keck of West USA Commercial told In&Out. Jackass Acres was a gas station before it closed in 2001.