Andes Variety proposes new, larger building
Warren — A Warren mainstay presented its pre-application plan to build a significantly larger store at its current 1625 Atlantic Highway location.
The Planning Board heard from engineers from Sitelines PA of Brunswick on behalf of Maine Mussel Co. (dba Andes Variety) April 18. The proposal calls for the demolition of the current buildings at 1625 and 1607 Atlantic Highway and construction of a new convenience store within the developed area of the store parcel, and construction of a redemption center on the adjacent parcel where a single-family home and garage currently exist.
Owner Craig Stewart said he has yet to have financing confirmed for the estimated $2 million project.
Stewart purchased the empty building, which used to be a convenience store, in 1983. He said he initially turned it into an auto parts store, but people kept stopping in for convenience store items.
"I called Coke and asked them to bring in a cooler and contacted Frito to get some chips," Stewart said, and it evolved from there.
The convenience store structure will be a single-story, 4,000-square-foot building and the redemption center will be a one-story, 3,000-square-foot structure.
Curt Neufeld of Sitelines said all deliveries will be done through the back of the new facility, leaving the front open for parking.
Neufeld said the wooden structure will fit the New England character, and he hopes to have the final design within the next few weeks.
The regular fuel pump island will remain in place, while the diesel pumps will be relocated to the rear of the site and new parking will be constructed for tractor-trailer trucks.
The plan states the redeveloped site will reduce the number and width of curb cuts along Atlantic Highway.
Both parcels are in the Rural Zoning District, in which commercial businesses are permitted with Planning Board approval.
The Planning Board set May 11 to conduct a site walk of the project's current location.
The board also approved a plan by Viking Lumber to build a 6,000-square-foot storage building at its 2100 Camden Road location.
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