(Granby) All is set up so that a branch of the Shell banner moved to the corner of the rue Robitaille and Pierre Laporte boulevard in Granby. The City Council gave the green light to a series of minor exemptions and issuance of building permits.
The Voice of the East had reported in May the interest of Shell to the site. Plans had been deposited at the town hall. The project has continued to step changes over months.
Four minor exemptions, regarding standards for the installation of heat pumps, semi-buried containers and car washes, were awarded during a special meeting Tuesday night. Same for the issuance of building permits according to regulations on conditional uses as well as site planning and architectural integration program (SPAIP).
According to information provided to elected officials in the executive summary, the media has obtained a copy, the project includes the construction of a building of approximately 788 square meters, including a convenience store with gas station and car wash as well as three restaurants, including a drive-thru. The store should display the banner Super Soir and the service station, the Shell.
The plans included in the documentation provided to council members also mentioned the installation of banners Planet Putin, drive-thru, and Mia Pasta. The nature of the third restaurant was not specified.
Currently, the land is still owned by Land Development Miner (DTM). But from the moment when all permits and authorizations have been issued, the transaction will be notarized, said Wednesday the head of business development in DTM, Serge Fleurent. It believes that steps would be the return of summer vacation.
According to the information available, construction could begin this fall or, at the latest in spring 2017. The investment amount was not specified.
The arrival of these new businesses in the area could also have a “leverage” believes Serge Fleurent. According to him, eight to ten shops could storefront at the corner of rue Robitaille and Pierre Laporte boulevard.
Discussions are ongoing with other players, including a chain of pharmacies. “There are discussions with the City. This is embryonic. But it moves, “says Fleurent.
If the residential sector is growing at the speed of light, commercial development has been slower to start, admits Serge Fleurent. The requirements of the City about access to businesses have, it seems, slowed things down.
Last year, the Couche-Tard banner upheld want to move to this busy intersection. But she withdrew from the case because she did not approve of some of the technicalities imposed by the city for the future development of Robitaille Street. The addition of medians in the event of the construction of a roundabout, would be problematic. But everything indicates that Shell is prepared to deal with the situation.
Mayor Pascal Bonin said last May did not want back on the issue of medians, although their development is not expected in the short term. “We do not want to end up with future security problems. We are unanimous. We will not yield on this, “he said.
It was impossible to get comments from the company Filgo, who works on the project on behalf of Shell.