Demolition work is nearing completion at 900 Bridgeport Ave. in Shelton, where a two-story, 9,900-square-foot structure is being knocked down to make way for a Stop & Shop gas station, adjacent to the existing supermarket. (Photos by Brad Durrell)
Crews from Waterbury Wrecking LCC have been taking the building apart in stages, mostly by using different excavators. Much of the debris is being sorted by type of material and trucked off-site, likely to be sold for recycling and scrap.
Workers from another company, Northeast Tank & Environmental Services, are in the initial stages of digging a large hole to bury the underground fuel tanks for the station on the property.
The 1.3-acre site is between the Stop & Shop in the Shelton Square shopping center and Burger King. The building used to house a Wachovia Bank branch and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce office.
Gas station will have 10 pumps
The Stop & Shop fueling station was approved in January by the Shelton Planning and Zoning Commission. It will have five two-sided pump islands, with a kiosk for the attendant, all under a canopy.
“There is going to be an opportunity for cars to queue up without going onto Bridgeport Avenue,” said Stephen Bellis, attorney for the applicants, during the zoning approval process.
Cars entering from Bridgeport Avenue, near Burger King, will drive 200 feet before reaching the gas station entrance.