Tesoro station to be rebuilt

Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2005

One minute you see it; the next minute it's gone.

That's about how fast construction workers seem to have been moving to completely demolish the Tesoro gas station on the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Willow Street in order to make way for a new one.

Workers for Prism Design and Construction of Wasilla have leveled the old gas station and convenience store, ripped out the asphalt driveway and removed underground gasoline storage tanks.

The only thing remaining from the old station is a sign post displaying outdated gas prices.

Soon the workers will begin building a brand new Tesoro station, convenience store and liquor store. The former installation did not have a liquor store.

Prism owner Scott Yaskus said plans call for construction to be completed and the station to be open by mid-November.

The new building will be approximately 3,500 square feet, according to Robert Springer, Kenai city building official.

Springer said plans call for one building with four fuel pump islands, each with two dispensers, including one diesel dispenser.

He said the new station also will include a recreational vehicle dump station with a water supply.

The station rebuild is a modernization project, according to Springer, who said the former building was an older style service station with two automotive service bays.

It was converted into a convenience store, which was smaller than the one being built.

The Tesoro company official who oversees Alaska marketing operations was unavailable for comment about the project on Wednesday.

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