Red Apple gas station to upgrade Albany Street location

New islands will allow better car accessibility at the gas pumps than currently available

— Seeking to upgrade its equipment and retain its competitive business edge in Cazenovia, Red Apple gas station has begun the permit process to undertake a construction program to upgrade its gas pumps, gas tanks and station canopy at its Albany Street location.

The changes, if approved and allowed by the village planning board, will make the gas station more environmentally friendly, more aesthetically pleasing and, perhaps most important for its customers, more spacious and accessible for cars in between its gas pumps.

“This is definitely a huge step forward,” said W. Jason Cook, project manager for United Refining Company, of Warren, Penn., which owns the Kwik Fill gas station chain. Cook was not at the Oct. 14 planning board meeting during which the project was presented, but spoke with the Cazenovia Republican by phone. “All of our stations are on a profitability list, and [Cazenovia] is one of our more profitable locations. Also, all the other [gas stations in Cazenovia] have been upgraded, so why shouldn’t we?”

The upgrade project, initially presented to the village planning board during its recent meeting, will include removing the underground petroleum steel tanks currently at the site and replacing them with three brand new double-walled fiberglass tanks that are more environmentally friendly, longer lasting and less likely to cause ground contamination, Cook said. There will also be double-walled fiberglass piping running to the tanks.

The gas station islands will also be totally replaced with brand new pumps that will be spaced twice as far apart as they currently are to allow more access room for cars and trucks — something Cook acknowledged has been an issue at the Red Apple. The pumps also will have improved encryption systems for the pay-at-the-pump option, which will make them more secure for credit card transactions, he said.

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