Construction resumes: Stop & Shop gas station may open in May

The Stop & Shop gas station in Shelton on Bridgeport Avenue, adjacent to the supermarket in the Shelton Square shopping center, may now open in May. (April 21 photos by Brad Durrell)

Construction work has resumed on the project with the return of warm weather. It had been hoped the gas station would open last December or January, but the harsh winter halted the project after demolition and site work took longer than anticipated — partly due to the challenge of destroying a large old bank vault in the former structure that stood on the site.

During the past few weeks, the attendant kiosk has been put in place, concrete was poured for the road surface area, the roof canopy’s wooden structure was completed, and — most recently — the gas pumps were installed.

The project is complicated because of the need for fire suppression systems and environmental drainage controls. A small brook runs along Bridgeport Avenue, near the property.

Ten gas pumps on 1.3-acre parcel

The Stop & Shop fueling station at 900 Bridgeport Ave. 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, but previously housed a Wachovia Bank branch and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce office.

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.