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City approves gas station plan at I-76, Bromley

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By Andrea Tritschler

Special to MetroWest Newspapers

A sleek, modern-looking Kum & Go gas station and convenience store is planned to be built near Interstate 76 and Bromley Lane after the Brighton City Council approved construction plans for it Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The gas station is planned for 5.2 acres of the vacant 8.1-acre parcel of land. The other 2.85 acres to the south is planned for office, medical or business use.

The new Kum & Go in Brighton is likely to be the nicest of the ones here, according to Josh Erramouspe, an engineer with Olsson Associates.

Plans include extensive landscaping and a common area at the gas station. A walking trail, artwork, outdoor seating, a pet waystation and bike racks open to the public also are included in the plans.

While the project now is approved, construction is not expected to start any time soon, however, said Kristie Bell, a communications director for Kum & Go. Plans are still in the preliminary stages, and it’s too early to project costs or a timeline, Bell said.

The project already has been in the works for about a year. And Bromley Lane is planned to be widened to create a full turn lane and expand the entrance into the property.

Councilwoman Lynn Baca was the only council member to vote no on the plan during the Dec. 20 meeting. She expressed concern that the turn lane and entrance are a “tight fit.” She said traffic and speed could create a dangerous intersection.

Erramouspe said having dedicated eastbound and westbound turn lanes should help traffic flow. Not much more can be done because of railroad tracks on the east side of the property, he said.

“There is a pinch there, but we worked with CDOT with what we could do and did the best we could,” Erramouspe said.

Kum & Go will be responsible for all costs related to the project, including public improvement and infrastructure, according to Mayor Dick McLean. The company is expected to pay an estimated $294,539 for roadwork, water and sewer construction, according to city documents.

While the city isn’t paying for any construction costs upfront, documents state that the developers will be reimbursed for public improvement costs by the city and other landowners or beneficiaries of the improvements, and will be paid out in no more than 15 years. In the meantime, the business will add to the tax base, McLean said.

The gas station is expected to bring jobs to the city as well, with 16 to 18 employees, according to Holly Prather, community development coordinator.

“It’s a huge economic benefit to have this site being used,” Councilman Rex Bell said.