Answer Man: What’s going in at the southwest corner of East Chestnut Expressway and North Cedarbrook Avenue?
I always try to get the name and city of residence of the person who calls — so people don’t think I’m making up these questions.
I don’t have it this time because the person who called left a message and a name. But when I called back, it was a business and the person I talked to had no idea what I was talking about.
So please — when you call with a question — leave me your name and the city where you live.
A new and different gas station is being built here. The site was a Kum & Go.
When I went there Monday, Paul Burgess with Beyond Fuel Systems was supervising the excavation work for new fuel tanks.
He says the former Kum & Go building will remain and there will be a new owner and it will no longer be a Kum & Go.
Hmmm. Then why does the new company have to replace the old fuel tanks with new fuel tanks?
That’s because the state heavily regulates the construction and use of underground fuel tanks, says Lee Burgess, also with Beyond Fuel Systems. (Paul is his brother.)
“There is a liability when you leave tanks in the ground,” he says.
So, to wipe the regulatory and liability slate clean, Kum & Go first removed the old tanks and met all state environmental requirements and only then listed the property for sale.
The spot where the tanks once were already had been excavated and is covered in pavement.
The new owner is D Diamond, a family business that has a service station in Seymour.
A spokeswoman for the business tells me that the new gas station at Chestnut Expressway and Cedarbrook will likely be affiliated with Phillips 66 and if all goes well it should open in January.
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