Valero station in Willow Glen to be replaced with retail
By Leeta-Rose Ballester
The corner of Lincoln Avenue and Willow Street will no longer be home to a gas station as crews begin to remove structures and underground piping.
The removal and cleanup of the Valero station will take about three months, said Brian Mason of Colliers International, co-leasing agent for the property at 1096 Lincoln Ave. Mason's partner is David Bider of Cypress investments.
"To close out a gas station means we've got to take everything out of the ground," Mason said. "It's a detailed and controlled process."
Once the all clear has been given by the city and there has been soil testing, Mason said, there are plans for a smaller retail development.
The new retail area will probably house no more than two tenants and will be some 4,000 square feet to in order to limit the impact on parking in the area.
"It's a popular corner, and we're going to be very selective," Mason said, adding that tenants will "fit the surroundings."
Between cleanup of the existing Valero station and acquiring permits, construction of a new building won't begin for approximately another six months, he said.