Property readied for sale

A former service station site in south Red Deer could soon be ready for development.

PThe former Turbo station at 3410 Gaetz Ave. is nothing more than a hole in the ground as crews clean up the site.

A former service station site in south Red Deer could soon be ready for development.

Shell Canada Ltd. is performing “hydrocarbon remediation” on its property at 3410 Gaetz Ave., company spokesperson Jackie Panera said Tuesday.

Much of the soil on site has been excavated, with the process expected to wrap up around mid-August. The lot should be available for use thereafter, she said.

“We are working to get the property back into productive use.”

Panera wouldn’t comment on efforts to sell the land, other than to say, “we will definitely be actively working to market the property.”

As of Tuesday, title to the property was still in Shell Canada’s name.

Once the location of a Turbo Gas and Wash station, the lot reverted to Shell Canada after the energy giant bought Turbo in the mid-1990s. The station was demolished in 2005, with Shell at that time indicating that it would rebuild the station as a gas bar and convenience store.

The property was leased to A&S Auto Sales for a year and a half, with the used auto dealer vacating the lot early this year.

Last year, when Shell Canada put a half dozen local properties up for sale, a company spokesperson said Shell was negotiating the sale of its 3410 Gaetz Ave. property to a prospective buyer.

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