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Posted on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 5:57 a.m.

Washtenaw Avenue gas station owner requests 2-year site plan extension for redevelopment

By Lizzy Alfs

The owners of a Shell gas station on Washtenaw Avenue requested a 2-year site plan extension for redevelopment plans that would result in an expanded convenience store and drive-thru restaurant.

The plans, approved by Ann Arbor City Council in 2009, call to demolish the existing gas station and auto care center on the 1.32-acre site at 3240 Washtenaw Ave., next to Huron Parkway.


The owners of a shell gas station on Washtenaw Avenue are requesting a 2-year site plan extension for their redevelopment plans.

It would be replaced with a new gas station convenience store and drive-thru restaurant nearly twice the size of the existing building at 4,507 square feet. Plans call to reconfigure the gas pumps and parking lot to accommodate 18 parking spaces and five pump stations.

The developer also plans to add a sidewalk at the corner of Washtenaw and Huron Parkway to enter the site.

In 2009, the plans were originally approved for a Tim Hortons restaurant to open in the building, but the commercial zoning would allow for any type of restaurant use.

It’s unclear why the plans were delayed and whether the property owner, Kassem Beydoun of Safeway Acquisition, has a tenant secured for the drive-thru portion of the building or if a deal is being worked out with Tim Hortons. Both Beydoun and a Tim Hortons representative did not respond to requests for comment.

The property has an assessed value of $729,000 for the 2012 tax year.

Just west of the gas station site is the under-construction Arbor Hills Crossing development, which is expected to bring a mix of tenants, including food use, apparel and specialty retailers. The developers haven’t released a timeline for the project, but construction work is under way and the first retail tenant, Hot Mama, was announced in October.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 4:01 p.m.

The article indicates "Just east of the gas station site is the under-construction Arbor Hills Crossing development, which..." Either that should read "Just west?" or I am confused by the picture!

Lizzy Alfs

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 4:25 p.m.

You are right! Thanks.

Lizzy Alfs

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 3:04 p.m.

Also note: the site has a lot of unused space. The parking lot also isn't in great shape.


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 1 p.m.

That site could use an upgrade it needs at least cosmetic fixes. But, this station also charges more for gas than a lot of other stations in Ann Arbor including an extra 'fee' for using credit card. Wonder if gas prices will go even higher to help pay for the expansion...

Paula Gardner

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 12:56 p.m.

It's interesting to me how few drive-thrus exist on Washtenaw, considering how retail-heavy it is and has been for so long. Even east to Pittsfield Township - the Starbucks in Glencoe Crossing added one a few years back (joining McDonald's and Burger King) but that's it for both the Pittsfield and Ann Arbor sections of the road except for the other McDonald's a mile west. (Unless I'm missing one?)


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 4:53 p.m.

@ Paula, a few of the banks have drive thru windows;) Oh, and there is also KFC.


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 3:06 p.m.

A good thing, IMO. Most drive throughs are fast food restaurants, hardly something to be encouraged.


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 1:59 p.m.

I hate drive thrus.