Tank removal begins at derelict downtown gas station

Firm hired by DNR gets to work after court clears the way for remediation, removal of canopy, pumps

A SHOVEL CLEARED debris at the derelict Clark gas station on Washington Street in downtown Grafton Tuesday. The DNR is overseeing the cleanup of the station, which went out of business in June 2016. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Crews are clearing the long vacant Clark gas station on Washington Street this week.

The work, which includes removal of the underground storage tanks, canopy and gas pumps, is expected to be completed by the end of May.

The work is being overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which received permission from an Ozaukee County Circuit Court judge in November to access the property.

"The workers will not be removing the old sign or the building. The court order was strictly for them to remove the pumps, tanks and canopy,” Village Administrator Jesse Thyes said.  The work is being done by RCT Petroleum Inc. 

In June 2016, the gas station at 1020 Washington St. closed its doors because the underground gasoline storage tanks had expired.

Since then, the property has become an eyesore because the grounds have not been maintained.

In March 2017, village crews removed garbage and secured the gasoline pumps to protect the public’s health and safety, Thyes said.

In November, Ozaukee County Circuit Court approved a DNR cleanup of the site, but the project was put on hold because the agency was busy with other projects.

Thyes said traffic on Washington Street should not be affected by the work.

“All of the work will be on site, but drivers should be wary of trucks coming off the site. Otherwise, the work should have a very limited traffic impact,” he said.

Thyes said the village is uncertain what  will replace the gas station because the property is owned  by Lakeland Real Estate Investments LLC.

“The use of the gas station has been discontinued for over a year and therefore it cannot be re-established as a gas station operation,” he said. “The use of the property will have to change to one that is compliant with the village’s land use code.”

 

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