Building demolition appears nearer for Stop & Shop gas facility

The demolition of a vacant Bridgeport Avenue building to make way for a new Stop & Shop gas station may be getting closer.

In the past few days, some work has started on the two-story structure at 900 Bridgeport Ave. that appears to be related to the plan to knock down the building.

The building is between the Stop & Shop supermarket in the Shelton Square shopping center and the Burger King. It used to house a Wachovia Bank branch and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce office.

No actual demolition work has taken place yet, but it appears the outer wall facade has been taken down and some metal has been stripped from the building, among other activities. A few pieces of heavy machinery now are located on the site.

No demolition permit application has been received yet for the building, but Stop & Shop officials have been talking to Shelton officials about securing the permit, Joseph Ballaro, the city’s chief building official, said on Wednesday.

“We’ve met with them and been in communication back and forth,” Ballaro said. “There are a lot of requirements when filling out a building permit.”

Pre-demolition environmental work?

Ballaro said the preliminary work being done could involve environmental survey requirements to make sure there are no serious environmental issues requiring remediation, such as asbestos removal.

He said the property owner also will need to get state permission for the demolition. And before the structure can be knocked down, all utility lines will need to be properly disconnected.

The 9,900-square-foot building is one a 1.3-acre lot. The property’s legal owner is Shell Pet LLC of Greenwich, according to the city assessor’s office.

The gas station will be run by Stop & Shop, also using the legal name of Ahold USA Retail LLC.

Will be 10 pumps and attendant kiosk

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.

During the zoning approval process, Stephen Bellis, attorney for the applicants, said the proposal had been modified to address traffic concerns. “There is going to be an opportunity for cars to queue up without going onto Bridgeport Avenue,” Bellis said.

Cars entering from Bridgeport Avenue, near Burger King, will drive 200 feet before reaching the gas station entrance. It is essentially going to be located behind the grocery store, Bellis said.

The applicant must also consult with the state Department of Transportation on the Bridgeport Avenue driveway entrance and address any issues.

The nearest Stop & Shop gas stations now are in Ansonia and Milford, and another Stop & Shop gas station has been proposed for Monroe.