By Kevin Kelley
Giant Eagle plans to build a new GetGo gas station at the now vacant corner of Columbia and Center Ridge roads.
According to documents submitted to the Westlake Planning and Economic Development Department, Giant Eagle hopes to begin construction this summer and open the station in the fall.
City officials said the expectation is that the current GetGo station at the corner of Center Ridge and Dover Center roads will close once the new facility opens.
The new station, to be located at the northeast corner of the intersection, will have more amenities than the existing Westlake location. In addition to eight fuel pumps, the station will include a convenient store, a GetGo kitchen with a 20-seat café and outdoor seating area, a coffee bar and Internet WiFi.
Two homes – one on Columbia Road and the other on Arthur Avenue – will be torn down to make way for the 5,580-square-foot gas station and convenience store. Giant Eagle has options to purchase those properties.
No rezoning will be required for the gas station, said Assistant Planning Director Will Krause, as the property is now zoned for general business. The plans for the new GetGo will likely be placed on the agenda of the Planning Commission’s April 2 meeting.
According to documents filed with the city, Giant Eagle envisions adding a car wash to the location. That addition would require a conditional use permit from the city.
The estimated cost of the project has not been determined, according to documents filed by Giant Eagle.
GetGo gas stations have proved popular thanks to Giant Eagle’s Fuelperks! program, in which customers can save a dime per gallon of gas for every $50 spent on groceries while using their customer card.
APARTMENT COMPLEX PLANNED: Orley Construction, a Westlake company, has submitted plans to build an apartment complex on the north side of Center Ridge Road west of Columbia Road.
According to a Feb. 29 letter to the Westlake Planning and Economic Development Department, Orley will build six buildings, each containing six apartment units.
The parcels on which the units will be built have already been purchased, according to the letter. Orley’s intent is to build on 2.8 acres along Columbia Road, leaving more than five acres at the north end of the property undeveloped.
The project, to be called King Tree Apartments, must be approved by the city’s Planning Commission.