CHESTERVILLE – This village’s MacEwen gas station and convenience store is set for a major overhaul.
Peter MacEwen, the company’s chief operating officer, unveiled the details last week.
The proposal will see the demolition of two houses neighbouring the site in Chesterville’s core, and an expansion west along Queen Street. All of this is subject to approved rezoning by the Township of North Dundas.
“We are very excited about our plans to expand in Chesterville, and make the layout of our site safer and more user-friendly,” MacEwen said. “We explored many options; our chosen plan makes a significant investment, showing our desire to have a strong presence in the village for years to come.”
In order to see through the expansion, the company purchased the adjacent homes. The work will see the homes levelled, as well as the current store and the gas pumps.
A new 3,000-square-foot facility will be erected, complete with three pumps and 12 parking spaces.
The company’s investment is estimated at $1.7 million.
Expansion will be tied into another major project, as the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry are set to reconstruct Queen Street this summer.
As part of that work, the street will be moved slightly north at its intersection with Main Street. The realignment will provide better on-site parking and access to the MacEwen’s property.
“We are very grateful to be working with MacEwen’s, and thankful for their investment in Chesterville. They are an exceptional local business, and this is a great example of working together with a developer to achieve a positive outcome,” North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan said. “This will make the intersection and business safer for everyone, and it will look beautiful to see the whole new street, sidewalks, and redevelopment at the MacEwen site at the same time.”
Factoring in the MacEwen investment, both projects account for nearly $3.2 million in spending.
A public meeting will be set for some time next month in order to discuss the company’s expansion plan.