Planners approve new pumps for West Side Pantry

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – West Side Pantry will be getting new gasoline pumps and canopy.

The Plan Commission Thursday approved the plans presented by Conventure Corp., owner of the convenience store/gas station at the corner of Mill and Milwaukee streets.

“What we’re going to do is a complete raze and rebuild of the petroleum equipment,” Rollie Maul of Conventure, which owns a chain of convenience stores in the Sheboygan County area, told the commission. “It’s one of our last major projects that we’re going to do a remodel on.”

The project will also include removing the billboard on the eastern edge of the property, Maul added. The store building itself will not be remodeled, he added.

“We’re going to do some landscaping there, as much as we can with the railroad there. It opens it up for us a little bit,” Maul explained.

The station will still have three fuel dispensers, but one will offer diesel fuel and the station will no longer have kerosene, Maul said.

Maul was questioned about West Side’s plans for new signs, although Building Inspector Pete Scheuerman noted that sign approval comes from his office and not from the commission.

Maul said that the present pole sign on the southwest corner of the property would be replaced, as replacing or repairing the price sign on the current pole would be too expensive.

City Administrator Brian Yerges pointed out that the city code does not allow pole signs in the central business district, which the property is zoned.

That would limit the store to a monument, ground-based sign, and Maul said Conventure would have to look at how that would work.

The company is looking to begin work in the next month or so, Maul said.

The original plan had been to wait until the reconstruction project on Milwaukee Street – part of a state project on State 67 – but since that won’t take place until 2015, Conventure decided to go ahead now, according to Maul.

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