Planning Board conducts site walk at Andes

By Beth A. Birmingham | May 12, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Members of the Warren Planning Board, the owner of Andes Variety, and engineers meet to conduct a site walk at the Atlantic Highway convenience store. Pictured, from left, are board members Ken York and Michael McKeon, owner Craig Stewart, Wes Thames, vice president of construction for Priority Real Estate Group LLC.; and Board Chairman Joe Berkenbile.

Warren — Members of the Warren Planning Board conducted a site walk May 11 at the current Andes Variety to see firsthand what the proposed new store will look like.

The Warren mainstay presented its pre-application plan to build a significantly larger store at its current 1625 Atlantic Highway location 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 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.

The project is estimated to cost $2 million.

Both the convenience store and redemption center structures will be single-story with 4,000 square feet and 3,000 square feet of space, respectively.

Wes Thames, vice president of construction for Priority Real Estate Group LLC., explained all deliveries will be done through the back of the new facility, leaving the front open for parking.

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, which Stewart said will help with traffic flow coming and going from the store.

The Planning Board will discuss the project further at its June 8 meeting.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

At center, Wes Thames, vice president of construction for Priority Real Estate Group LLC. and, right, Curtis Newfeld, engineer with Sitelines PA of Brunswick, explain how all deliveries to the proposed new Andes Variety will be done through the back of the facility, leaving the front open for parking. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Just after 6 p.m., Andes Variety was a happening place May 11. Warren Planning Board conducted a site walk to get a glimpse of what the new proposed store will look like. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Preliminary architectural elevations and floor plan drawing for a new Andes Variety and adjacent redemption center. A site walk was conducted May 11. (Courtesy of: Warren Town Office)
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