Gardnerville picks S-curve station pallete |

Gardnerville picks S-curve station pallete

The canopy of the Gardnerville gas station will be replaced with a smaller model after it was learned it would extend out over Highway 395 with the softening of the S-curve.
Kurt Hildebrand |

The prospect of having the canopy hanging out over Highway 395 got the State Historic Preservation Office to surrender a plan to preserve the structure at the Gardnerville gas station.

Gardnerville Town Manager Tom Dallaire said a plan to soften the S-curve in Gardnerville will chop 7 feet off the property, leaving the current canopy hanging out over the highway.

“It’s not tall enough to avoid being hit by trucks,” he said.

A smaller canopy is proposed for the site that will shade the doors to the former garage bays and provide electricity with photovoltaic cells.

The gas station will serve as a visitors’ center and headquarters for Main Street Gardnerville.

Another proposal, to install a drainage structure under the gas station while the tanks are removed, will also go by the wayside for now.

Dallaire said he hopes the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection approves the tank removal and work can begin in the next month or so.

But because the cost of installing the stormwater structure is $190,000, that won’t be done while the excavation for the tanks is under way.

Representatives from Stantec showed Town Board members the final plans for the station, including color schemes and signage.

Cynthea Albright guided town board members through the options.

In the end, Gardnerville Town Board members voted to go with a lighter color scheme, a curving sign welcoming visitors to Main Street Gardnerville and a similar structure for an information kiosk.

According to Albright the work proposed under the plan would run $822,231, not including the storm drains.

Dallaire’s plan is to complete the project using only grants, something that has so far been successful.

Gardnerville plans to apply for another community development block grant in September to keep the project going.

The town obtained the Eagle Gas Station from Douglas County in June 2013 after no one bid on it in a tax sale. One of the first requirements for the .39-acre property is to remove the underground storage tanks and remove any contaminated soil.

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.

The gas station was built in 1961 by Shell Corp. for Virgil Condron, who purchased the previous gas station in 1958. The station was the first in Gardnerville along the road from Los Angeles at the time.