Gardnerville gas station wins endorsement |

Gardnerville gas station wins endorsement

Work continues on the removal of gasoline holding tanks at the former Eagle Gas station in Gardnerville.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

A project to convert a Gardnerville gas station into a visitors center received an endorsement from Douglas County commissioners last week.

Commissioners voted to rank Gardnerville’s Eagle Gas Station project No. 1 for a $269,000 federal grant in a second round of funding.

Assistant Planner Lucille Rao said the project is ready to go, and that Gardnerville has the in-kind funds for the grant.

She said that the grant application will have to be ready by Sept. 30, and that notifications of funding will be issued on Nov. 4.

Last year county commissioners ranked the station down lower for the grant, essentially eliminating the request from consideration.

Town Manager Tom Dallaire has said he wants to complete the gas station project using grant funding.

The town has approved a contract for architectural and engineering services to prepare building plans for the station in March, but little physical work has been done on the project since the fuel tanks were removed in November 2015.

The grant endorsed by commissioners could help the town come close to completing the project.

Work on the station includes working with the Nevada Department of Transportation to increase the turning radius along the property in the S Curve to keep large vehicles from driving over the property.

There has been a gas station at the intersection of Main and Mission streets in Gardnerville since Bessie Gefeke opened the Traveler’s Service Station in 1928.

The gas station on the south end of Gardnerville was leased out in 1941 by the Gefekes, and had several owners until Virgil Condron purchased it in 1958, and opened it as the South-Side Shell Service. Shell built a new station on the site in 1961.

The town obtained the Eagle Gas Station from Douglas County in June 2013 after no one bid on it in a tax sale.

The town has been awarded more than $150,000 in grants to pay for the tanks, and to assess any environmental issues with the site.