Kwik Trip submits project plans for abandoned Hadley Avenue gas station

Planning commission recommends approval

It appears the site of the former Winner gas station, located at the corner of Hadley Avenue and Highway 5 in Oakdale, may soon have a new tenant.

At their March 7 meeting, six members of the Oakdale Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of Kwik Trip’s plans to construct a gas station and car wash at 3355 Hadley Ave. Commissioner Marty Jurgensen was absent from the meeting.

The existing structures, a former gas station and car wash, have fallen into disrepair and will be demolished as part of the proposed plans.

The Winner station closed in 2005 after it made headline news across the metro area for selling tainted gasoline that ruined some customers’ car engines. Since then, the abandoned property has become a summertime eyesore with tall weeds poking through cracks in the pavement.

The property has been identified as a top priority redevelopment site under Oakdale’s Comprehensive Plan.

According to the city staff report presented to planning commissioners, a 5,785-square-foot convenience store with fuel sales and a 2,775-square-foot car wash will be constructed under the proposed plans. City staff recommended approval of the plans.

The staff report states that the proposed use won’t have any adverse environmental effects, and that Kwik Trip plans to construct a storm pond, filtration basin and infiltration basin to meet stormwater management requirements. A representative from Kwik Trip who was present at the meeting said the company would go to great lengths to make sure no fuel leakage will go into nearby wetlands.

The proposed Kwik Trip will be just north of Menard’s and across the street from a Holiday station.

Now that the planning commission has given its stamp of approval, the plans are set to go before the Oakdale City Council for official consideration at the council’s March 26 meeting.

Alex Holmquist can be reached at aholmquist@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822.

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