Brunswick Planning Board OKs gas station, convenience store

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BRUNSWICK — The Planning Board on Tuesday unanimously approved plans for a new Irving gas station and convenience store at the entrance of Brunswick Landing.

The development will sit on a lot on Bath Road directly across from Merrymeeting Plaza, next to Admiral Fitch Avenue.

The plans the board approved March 22 have been in the works since late 2014. The property was purchased from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority in August of that year, and will be developed by Brunswick Property Holdings.

The gas station will include a canopy with four islands housing eight pumps, according to Jim Howard of Priority Real Estate Group, one of the project’s authorized representatives.

The nearly 4,000-square-foot convenience store will be a Rusty Lantern Market, similar in design to the Rusty’s in Topsham.

The project required some state input before approval. It received a DEP stormwater management permit for the plan to divert water to the existing MRRA system on Admiral Fitch Avenue, and a traffic movement permit from the Maine Department of Transportation.

As a condition of the second permit, the developer will have to work with the town to construct a new left turn lane on Bath Road going into the site, and coordinate the turn with the traffic signals at Admiral Fitch Avenue and Cook’s Corner Mall.

According to an email from Public Works Director John Foster, the controller that operates the signals has not been updated since 1992.

After the meeting, Howard said he believes there is a market for a new gas station in the area, despite the location near the heavily developed Cook’s Corner shopping center, which has two gas stations.

Citing a Mobil station that just closed down the street, he said, “There’s not a lot of options.”

Construction is set to begin between April 15-20, Howard said, and developers hope to open the station in August.

Walter Wuthmann can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or wwuthmann@theforecaster.net. Follow Walter on Twitter: @wwuthmann.

A new Rusty Lantern Market on Bath Road in Brunswick, approved by the Planning Board March 22, will be similar in design to the Rusty’s in Topsham, shown here.

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Brunswick/Harpswell reporter for The Forecaster. Bowdoin College grad, San Francisco Bay Area native. Follow for municipal, school, community, and environmental news from the Midcoast.
  • Jimmy_John67

    So this will be in addition to the two gas stations at Cooks Corner and the other station maybe a mile down Bath Rd? Guess Brunswick hasn’t learned its lesson from the 3 gas stations which have closed in town over the past year+ and continue to sit as unsightly vacant lots now. Clearly the Brunswick Planning Board does not have a plan but that is the status quo for pretty much every municipal government entity in Brunswick.

    • farmertom2

      Two gas stations closed because absentee landlords didn’t want to bother replacing tanks, after several years of boneheaded mismanagement, not because Brunswick didn’t need or couldn’t support them.

      • Jimmy_John67

        So your argument states that the failed gas stations were very profitable businesses but the owners just decided to walk away from all that money because they didn’t want to deal with the hassle of replacing tanks? Or that the stations were very profitable but no one has purchased them since because people aren’t interested in making easy money? Wow that’s some incredible business sense and logic you got there!

        • farmertom2

          Are we arguing? They were profitable until they were bought by a distant owner who managed them stupidly. Focus up. And they simply closed them when the tanks had to be replaced, presumably putting them up for sale. And oddly, gas stations don’t sell all that quickly, who would have thought it!

          • Jimmy_John67

            So now you are saying that the stations were profitable and then they weren’t and the only reason for that drop off in profitability is poor management? I assume you have 10+ years of financial data from the specific stations to back that claim up correct? I am going to go out on a limb here and guess you don’t have that data and are just making stuff up. Not surprising.

            Also you have market data to evidence your other claim that gas stations with plenty of demand don’t sell? That no one wants to own a profitable gas station? You wouldn’t be making that claim up as well would you?

          • farmertom2

            Yes, yes, yes, no, and you are wrong.

          • Jimmy_John67

            Ok well let’s see the financial results and market data then. You say you have them then post them. Otherwise just admit that you have no clue which is what everyone reading this already knows.

      • Scott Harriman

        The Mobil in Yarmouth just replaced their tanks and reopened over the past few months.

        I assumed that the two in Brunswick would do the same thing, but they still sit empty.

        • farmertom2

          An absentee landlord problem, the owners were in Connecticut, badly managed the properties prior to the time the tanks would have to be replaced so the margins were too thin. A local operator, especially one not so clueless (the Mobil on the Cooks Corner Road stopped carrying milk and stopped having coffee– two major draws to the station.

          • Jimmy_John67

            Prove it. Post the financial results from these absentee landlords which you claim to have.

          • farmertom2

            This conversation is over. You need a life. evidently.

          • Jimmy_John67

            Don’t be bitter just because I proved you are a fraud who has no idea what he is talking about.

        • farmertom2

          Scott, I wonder who owns the Yarmouth station. The Mobil that closed on the CC Rd was formerly owned by CN Brown. Do you know if the one in Yarmouth is owned locally?

          • Scott Harriman

            Not sure. I don’t recall seeing any kind of branding other than ‘Mobil’.

            I do remember that the last time I got gas there the store name on my receipt was kind of odd, but now I can’t recall what it was.

          • farmertom2

            Huh, just wondered. As far as I know the company in Connecticut that ran the two Mobils into the ground only had those two (in the area). There are a number of other players in the area, Dead River and Brown among them. While I would expect the Mobil on outer Pleasant to reopen (I heard it was for sale) with the Irving opening in CC, I wouldn’t be surprised if that station just south of Jordan Ave stayed closed.

  • farmertom2

    Nice for Cooks Corner– and Brunswick– as more competition usually works to keep prices down (ever notice how much more gas is in Bath?) But I won’t patronize them– I never buy Irving anything ever, because of their predatory practices in the County.

    • Scott Harriman

      Same here. I prefer top-tier gas and generally use Mobil or Shell, but if I have to use something else Irving is the option of last resort.