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Casey's plans to build new Oregon store

Officials at Casey's General Store, Ankeny, Iowa, have announced plans to replace the Oregon store with a new building. Photo by Chris Johnson
Officials at Casey's General Store, Ankeny, Iowa, have announced plans to replace the Oregon store with a new building. Photo by Chris Johnson

A new gas station on the west side of Oregon will replace an aging store if everything goes according to plan.

Casey's General Store, 901 W. Washington St., has been in its present location for decades.

The Ankeny, Iowa, company has plans to purchase the neighboring properties to build a 3,269 square foot convenience store on the site.

"For us, the growth strategy is to replace our older assets," said William Walljasper, Casey's General Store Chief Financial Officer Tuesday afternoon. "We evaluate the sites and we feel an enlarged presence will better serve the community. The Oregon store has a lot of visibility."

Work on the project is being handled by project manager Ryan Swanson, ARC Design, Loves Park.

"We have filed paperwork on behalf of Casey's General Store," Swanson said. "We are currently going through the permitting phase. We are getting everything in line."

Two variances and a building permit still need to be approved, said Swanson. 

The variances were unanimously approved Tuesday night by the city council.

Both variances addressed storm water. The first was to limit the storm runoff to the 10-year peak rate instead of the 100-year maximum rate.

The second variance was to increase the side slopes on the edge of the property to allow additional storm water to be detained on the property.

"We have no timeline for the construction," said Walljasper. "We need to finalize all of the paperwork."

Plans call for purchasing the apartment building at 905 W. Washington St. This property was rezoned from Residential R-3 to Commercial by the city council. Casey's is purchasing the property contingent on getting a building permit.

The house to the south of the store will be purchased and demolished.

A public hearing on the rezoning was held on June 17 and approved by the city council on June 24.

"City officials has been positive through the process," said Swanson. "The expansion would be a nice improvement."

The gas station currently has four gas pumps.

The small parking lot has been overflowing with customers during peak hours which limits the number of customers the current store can handle.

"We plan to build behind the existing store," said Walljasper. "There will be expanded parking."

Gas pumps on the site will increase from two self serve pump islands to four.

The new store will offer additional amenities to customers, Walljasper said.

"We also will be adding new products to the store," said Walljasper. "Our new stores have made to order sandwiches and self serve ice cream."

The Oregon location will not sell alcohol.

Mayor Tom Stone said Tuesday night the city will not be issuing a liquor license to a gas station. No gas stations in Oregon currently have a liquor license.

Construction may cause a temporary inconvenience for customers.

"We will keep the current store open as long as possible during construction, however we may need to close the store temporarily to complete work and switch to the new store," said Walljasper.

The new store will be built directly to the south, behind the existing store, after the house there now is demolished.

The apartment building to the west of the current building would be demolished to allow for additional parking and gas pumps.

The southern edge of the property would be the existing alley.

Site preparation has been going on throughout the year.

Swanson said survey crews were out during the winter to prepare the site plan that was submitted to the city.

"It was a rough winter, but we work in any weather," he said. 

The site plan is a proposal and might change before construction begins.

Walljasper did not say how much the project will cost.

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