Business proposes upgrades

Armstrong council is recommending issuance of a development permit to Arjun Esso at 3210 Smith Drive.

Upgrades are forthcoming to an Armstrong gas station.

Council is recommending issuance of a development permit to Arjun Esso at 3210 Smith Drive.

The company has proposed a new two-storey structure at the rear of the property to accommodate tire sales and tire installation.

“The proposed building will contain two bays, a retail display area, an office and a covered work area on the ground floor with a small storage area on the mezzanine,” said Coun. Ryan Nitchie, chairperson of the city’s planning and development committee.

The building is proposed to be constructed from concrete block, and the south side is proposed to be faced with red metal siding.

It would replace the existing tire sales and service area.

In a report to council, the city’s public works manager expressed concerns about vehicle circulation, specifically the principal use for the station occurring in various locations on the property: gasoline sales, convenience store, auto servicing, tire sales and service, propane sales, outdoor storage and sani-dump facilities.

“The applicant has stated that the two existing bays will be closed to be replaced by additional commercial retail, and the sani-dump will be discontinued,” states a report to council.

Nitchie believes the upgrades will enhance the entrance to the community.

“I certainly think this is a nice opportunity for the city to see improvements to one of the key buildings as you enter the community.”

Parking, drainage, and landscaping details have to be clarified before the permit is issued. Council voted unanimously in favour of the application.