Former gas station to become lube shop

An old downtown service station site will be reborn as a Mr. Lube.

An old downtown service station site will be reborn as a Mr. Lube.

The site at 4705 49th Ave. was a pre-1950 service station and later served as a car dealer, automotive repair shop, and vehicle and trailer rental business.

Currently unoccupied, the existing building will be demolished to make way for the four-bay lube shop.

Landscaping will also be improved at the location.

“It should be a very nice addition to the downtown,” city development officer Vicki Swainson told the municipal planning commission on Wednesday. The commission conditionally approved the redevelopment of the site.

Commission member Coun. Cindy Jefferies said it will be a “bit of a loss” to lose one of the city’s few remaining 1950s-era buildings.

“I’m sorry to see that,” said Jefferies.