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Posted on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 5:56 a.m.

Speedway gas station site plan on Ann Arbor Planning Commission's agenda this week

By Lizzy Alfs


Speedway wants to demolish a vacant Marathon on the northeast corner of Maple and Miller in Ann Arbor to build a new gas station and convenience store.

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Ann Arbor City Planning Commission will consider a request Tuesday night that paves the way for a new Speedway gas station on the northeast corner of the Maple and Miller intersection.

The property houses a shuttered 1,365-square-foot Marathon gas station, which was sold in May from Marathon Petroleum Company LP to Speedway LLC.

Plans submitted to the city of Ann Arbor call to demolish the existing station and construct a 3,968-square-foot Speedway gas station and convenience store.

The plans include a fire pump island with canopy and 16 parking spaces.

Ohio-based Speedway LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Marathon Petroleum Company, and all Speedway locations are corporately operated.

There are eight Speedway locations in Washtenaw County. There is a location a few miles south of the Maple and Miller intersection on West Stadium Boulevard.

City planning officials are recommending approval of the project.

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Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 7:14 p.m.

How about doing something with the burned out gas station on Broadway and Maiden Lane. I am sure UM would buy it if they haven't already.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 5:04 p.m.

They better approve it, the neighborhood needs a gas station and convenience store and speedway sites usually are kept clean. It will be a great benefit to the surrounding neighborhoods. as someone else mentioned there is a "convenience" store in the small maple miller strip. But it is junkity, nothing like Hop In or Open Pantry used to be, it's poorly stocked, executed and their "coffee" area is horrible. I avoid it altogether. Hurry up with my Speedway!!!


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 4:02 p.m.

Hurry up! A 99 cent Speedy Freeze would hit the spot! Of course I only have to go a little way down the street now, but in the neighborhood would be awsome.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 2:31 p.m.

I hope they get the plan approved and the building demolished before the historical society declares it to be a historical structure or something. If that becomes a problem, Speedway can promise to add solar powered gas pumps, special lanes for bicyclists, and electric car charging stations.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 4:36 p.m.

I see a New West Side historical district in the future.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 2:30 p.m.

Jack's Marathon was a classic! This intersection used to have two full service filling stations. A Speedway here could help the sometimes ailing strip mall and cause something to happen to the other ex filling station. Chipperoo, I'm thinking you could just help yourself to the sign! Just don't cut it down!


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 2:04 p.m.

you do know there is a party/convenience store right next to this don't you??


Wed, Jul 18, 2012 : 1:30 a.m.

um, no SMC I didn't know. Sorry. I used to live around the corner and the old Hop In was great. They used to throw parties for the kids esp at Halloween. Guess the new place isn't like that. I was just trying to stick up for a store already in existence.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 5:21 p.m.

Oh wait, you're saying there's no need for a Speedway there, they should just install gas pumps at the party store instead? People love Speedway stores because they have a card that rewards them for bad choices, like drinking too much soda or eating bad hot dogs.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 2:28 p.m.

You do know that Speedway stores do not sell beer, wine, liquor, cigars, and all the other stuff that the party store sells, don't you?


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 1:54 p.m.

Lets stop talking and start building!


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 1:29 p.m.

This stretch of N. Maple endures some challenges, and this property is a particular eyesore. Given that N. Maple is a gateway to the city, and the area does not have any other gas stations, the use seems appropriate. As a bonus, if there are old storage tanks or any environmental challenges festering on the current site, development will force mitigation and cleanup. If only, as others have observed, the 95% finished and never occupied mini- office/retail building on the opposite corner can finally come to be something useful....


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 5:05 p.m.

A Jimmy Johns in that location would be a hit!


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 1:25 p.m.

Please let them do seem most of the main roads that lead to and from the highway are either littered with abandoned buildings or the roads are is such awful condition (I.e jackson rd, ann arbor saline over 94 to name a few) that you need to get your car aligned after you leave. I know its one more gas station we really don't need but its better that what's there and its some jobs.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 5:09 p.m.

actually for those in the neighborhood a gas station would be needed and used. Some corners have two or three, this corner use to have two and has gone without one for 6 years now.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 12:25 p.m.

I think they should only approve it if the owner puts up funny 1 liners on the station sign, like the old owner used to.

Jeff Renner

Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 6:38 p.m.

And they should sell live bait, too, as the old one did for decades.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 2:59 p.m.

Completely agree. Those were the best!


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 2:27 p.m.

I miss those. My personal favorite was after a massive blizzard, about 10 years ago: "Free Snow. All you want. You haul away."

Craig Lounsbury

Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 12:19 p.m.

"The property was sold in May from Marathon Petroleum Company LP to Speedway LLC." "Speedway LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Marathon Petroleum Company" So in the Cliff notes version the owner of the property sold the property to itself. Ya I know its a bit more complicated than that.

Unusual Suspect

Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 12:01 p.m.

I'll believe anything will happen here, and in the building on the opposite corner, when I see it.

Unusual Suspect

Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 3:10 p.m.

A commenter pointed out last year that the subway website lists a store there are "Opening soon!" It's still there. I guess "soon" means different things to different people.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 12:24 p.m.

I've always wondered what is up with that building opposite of it. That building was built like 10 years ago and has never had anything in it.

Chip Reed

Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 11:36 a.m.

Can I please have the sign with the happy pink and blue airplanes?


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 2:58 p.m.

@Chip - they painted over then a couple months ago. Glad I got a picture of them before they did. There's some new funky graffiti on the side of the building now though.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 11:26 a.m.

Bout time to get rid of that eyesore. The spot has a lot of potential being by the expressway and the high school.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 12:46 p.m.

Yup: drug dealing? prostitution?


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 10:15 a.m.

Add a bronze fountain or a shiny dangler and it's a done deal....

Homeland Conspiracy

Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 11:35 a.m.

You forgot to make sure it has "green" in the name