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Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 10, 2013

Convenience store OKd for Pleasanton Union 76 station on First Street

Owners plan to add new lighting, underground storage tanks

by Jeb Bing

The aging Union 76 self-serve gas station at First and Ray streets in downtown Pleasanton will soon be getting a facelift along with a small convenience store that will be one of the few places for commuters to get an early morning breakfast roll and coffee between Livermore and I-680.

The Pleasanton Planning Commission approved the makeover and 2,000-square-foot convenience store earlier and the time for an appeal of that decision has now run out. Several neighbors objected to the station re-build plan, including the owner of the Pleasant Plaza strip mall across Ray Street, but no one sought to seek a City Council review.

Although the station is open 24 hours a day, planners ruled that the convenience store can't open before 5 a.m. That was a change from an earlier opening hour restriction of 6 a.m. at the request of Planning Commissioner Arne Olson.

"You'd be surprised at how many commuters there are on First Street coming through from Livermore," Olson said.

The store, which will be operated by Delong Liu, owner of the station that's officially a 76 ConocoPhillips station, will be about 500 square feet smaller than a 7-Eleven store Liu had proposed last December. The Planning Commission rejected that proposal, saying the store would have been too large for the small corner lot the station occupies.

The zoning of the property allows for a service station with a convenience store, but prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages there. Terry Grayson of IronHorse Development, which will handle the new station development, said the store will carry food and refreshments normally found in a service station store.

Along with the convenience store, planners also authorized IronHorse Development to add new fueling pumps with longer hoses to allow motorists to fill their car tanks from either side of pumping bays. Grayson said the upgraded station also will have better, more diffused lighting and a maintenance schedule to improve the station's appeal.

Chevron, the gasoline company generally responsible for maintaining underground fuel storage tanks at many Tri-Valley stations, also plans to pull out the old underground tanks at the 76 station and replace them with new ones.

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