Construction crews continue to work on the new Stop & Shop gas station in Shelton, expected to open in May next to the supermarket on Bridgeport Avenue. (April 25 photos by Brad Durrell)
It had been hoped the 10-pump station would open early last winter, but demolition challenges delayed progress and then the cold weather halted construction work until the arrival of spring weather a few weeks ago.
A former office building — which once housed a bank and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce offices — had to be knocked down to make way for the gas facility.
The gas station is at 900 Bridgeport Ave. in the Shelton Square Shopping Center.
Much of the work now involves finishing the overhead canopy with a fire suppression system as well as environmental controls work and ground-level site work. The attendant kiosk has been put in place, the gas pumps installed, and concrete poured for the road surface area nearest the pumps.
Ten gas pumps on 1.3-acre parcel
The Stop & Shop fueling station was approved in early 2013 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.
To prepare the 1.3-acre site between the supermarket and Burger King, demolition began last fall on a 9,900-square-foot building. The building had been vacant for an extended period.
Once completed, cars entering from Bridgeport Avenue — near the Burger King— will drive 200 feet before reaching the gas station entrance.
“There is going to be an opportunity for cars to queue up without going onto Bridgeport Avenue,” Stephen Bellis, attorney for the applicants, said during the zoning approval process.