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Fuel for Albany: Two gas stations planned

Written July 8th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A car passes the northeast quadrant of the Knox Butte-Timber Ridge roundabout, where a developer has proposed to build a convenience store and gas station. In the background: Timber Ridge School.

Does the coming of electric cars make more gas stations unnecessary? Developers don’t seem to think so. Two new gas stations are being planned in Albany, one in the northeast and the other in the south of town.

On June 25, the city planning division posted a notice of an application for site plan review to build a covered fuel station at 2515 Geary St. S.E. This is one of the two South Albany tax lots at the corner of Geary and Grand Prairie Road that were recently rezoned to allow a gas station.

According to plans on file at the city, the station would have eight fueling positions in front of the existing convenience store and behind the automotive repair business on the corner. Drawings show it as a Shell station.

Earlier, on June 11, the city published a notice of the other gas station plan. This one is for a new convenience store and six fueling positions on a site northeast of the roundabout at Knox Butte Road and Timber Ridge Street. The site is still vacant but surrounded by newly constructed and planned apartment complexes as well as hundreds of new single-family houses in this fast-developing corner of Albany east of I-5.

Once the site plans are approved — which they weren’t yet as of Thursday — the developers can get building permits.

Plans like this may be seen as another indication that in the mid-valley the era of the of internal combustion engine is not about to end real soon. (hh)

4 responses to “Fuel for Albany: Two gas stations planned”

  1. Bob Woods says:

    No one expects IC engines to be gone “soon”. What they expect is that the proportion of electric vehicles will grow at an increasing rate over time, slowing the effects of fossil fuel burning on the biosphere.

    I would not be surprised if the profit from the convenience store side of these operations will be much higher than the profit from the sale of gas.

    From the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2020 – Gasoline Stations
    Employment by Occupation Data series Employment, 2020

    Automotive service technicians and mechanics 13,540

    Cashiers 611,800

    Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food: 39,140

    First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers: 89,180

    Food preparation workers 17,090

    Service station attendants 19,350

    (Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

  2. James Engel says:

    Awwww, Bob Woods, pedal a bike around.

    • Bob Woods says:

      Got nothing against bikes James. But I have mobility issues that took bikes out of the picture about 10 years ago.

  3. Al Nyman says:

    For once I agree with you. Must be a miracle!


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