CP gas station construction suspended over design issue
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent November 12, 2012 9:30PM
Updated: February 5, 2013 3:45PM
CROWN POINT — Construction of the new Speedway gas station at 109th Avenue and Broadway has been suspended until the company finds a way to conform to the Williamsburg-style design that was approved.
Plan Commission members learned from staff and a company representative Monday the contractor working on the job for Speedway began installing the wrong type of masonry, a concrete masonry unit block, instead of real brick.
Tony Jaynes, construction project manager for Speedway, said the mistake was the company’s or its contractors and was because of notes on the drawings that did not match the elevations and contained information about the standard construction materials used by Speedway.
“I don’t have much to stand on. Our drawings were inaccurate,” Jaynes said.
The company went through a month’s-long process before the Plan Commission beginning in fall 2011 and ending in the spring to gain approval for the appearance of the gas station, which is being built in the city’s Williamsburg design corridor.
That approval included detailed specifications about the type of brick work, down to the manufacturer, that would be used, according to Christopher Meyers, the city’s director of planning.
Member Laura Sauerman said she appreciated Speedway’s show of good faith by coming before the board, possibly for a variance, but she could not support any construction other than brick.
“This is too big a deal for us,” she said.
Board members were in concurrence on the matter and also cited possible problems with precedence if they were to allow the CMU after making other buildings conform to the Williamsburg design standards and build with traditional brick.
“We worked many, many months to get to this point. I’m not inclined to go backwards,” Rohaley said.
Plan Commission members authorized Meyers to work with Speedway to come to a resolve that meets the original design it approved.
The move will help keep the construction on track by not bringing the company before the plan commission again.