Gas station project at turning point |

Gas station project at turning point

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

Just as the S-curve in Gardnerville changes the direction of Highway 395, Tuesday may also be a turning point for the Gardnerville station’s transition into a visitor’s center.

Town Manager Tom Dallaire is asking members of the Gardnerville Town Board what direction they’d like to take on the station.

Turning the station into a visitors center for the town and a meeting location for Main Street Gardnerville is entering its third year since the town obtained the property in June 2013.

Dallaire’s original plan was to use grants to pay for the station.

However, at their Dec. 3 meeting, Douglas County commissioners ranked the station four out of six for community development block grants. That $269,000 grant would have gone toward completing the project.

He said work cleaning up contamination on the site has been done, thanks to a prior grant and from other sources, including the petroleum fund.

“The area around the dispensers close to the highway is where the most contamination was discovered,” he said in his report. “We have submitted the project to the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection for consideration and approval.”

Once that’s approved, work would be done to excavate the site and clean up the contamination.

Removal of the station’s canopy could be paid for by the state petroleum fund.

Among the town’s options are to focus on other things and continue to apply for grants, go to bond for improvements, pursue other funding sources, keep working on the storm drainage plan and work on the site with the highway infrastructure.

The town could also work on the building. Dallaire said the site doesn’t need to be improved to use the building for conferences or build the Gardnerville gateway sign.

The town received an $88,700 block grant to work on the design and removal of the gasoline tanks, which has been spent.

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.

Gardnerville Town Board members meet 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the town offices on Main Street.