A project to convert the former Eagle Gas station into a visitors’ center will receive another infusion of grant money.
Town Manager Tom Dallaire said the town was approved for an $88,700 Community Development Block Grant, which will help pay to pull the gas tanks out of the ground.
“Douglas County received recommendations to fund both the applications that were submitted,” Dallaire said. “The CDBG selection committee is recommending to the governor that the town’s request through the county is going to be awarded once the governor signs all the paperwork.”
Dallaire said that if there isn’t any contamination from the heating oil tank underneath the gas station’s main fuel tanks the money will be sufficient to pull them and remove the canopy.
The grant will also go to pay an architect to consult on a plan for the building so the town will have an idea of what is needed to go back for other grant funding.
“It’s exciting to know that the county staff, county commissioners and the CDBG committee think this is a worthwhile project and are all supporting the town’s efforts,” he said.
Dallaire said his goal is to complete as much of the Eagle Gas project using grants.
In November, the town received a Brownsfield grant to pay for removing two oil tanks on the property, one for used motor oil and the other for fuel oil.
Meanwhile, town board vice chairman Lloyd Higuera said the town may officially name the site Gardnerville Station, in honor of the town’s founding in 1879 as a waystation between Western Nevada and the Mono County mines.
Built in 1961 by Virgil Condron at the site of a previous gas station, Gardnerville took over the property in June 2013 after no one would purchase it at a tax sale.
Plans are to replace the underground fuel tanks with flood control infrastructure that will drain water off the S curve in Gardnerville. The town plans to keep the building as a visitors’ center and headquarters for Main Street Gardnerville.
Other improvements planned for the site includes softening curve so that trucks can travel through without driving onto the sidewalk. Dallaire is working with the Nevada Department of Transportation on that project.