Construction starts on Craryville store

Earth-moving is going on at the site of a new gas station/convenience store in Craryville. Photo by David Lee

CRARYVILLE—Work has begun at the northwest corner of the four-way intersection of state Route 23, county Route 7 and Craryville Road in Craryville, for a 3,240 square-foot convenience store and six-fueling-nozzle gas station on a 1.7-acre parcel between the Craryville Post Office and the Craryville United Methodist Church.

GRJH, the site owner and project applicant had to first clean up an old kerosene spill at the site before construction of the gas station/convenience store could go forward. The project was under review by the Copake Planning Board for two and a half years before it was approved. An Article 78 lawsuit to overturn the board’s approval, filed by Save Craryville, a community coalition opposed to the project, was dismissed.

On the site last week, Island Pump and Tank of Wappingers Falls dug holes for the underground fuel tanks. According to Island Pump and Tank Project Manager Robert Nedwick, their part of the work should be finished in about eight weeks. The station will be operated by Gulf. On site and representing the owner GRJH, Inc., Alicia Metz said that a schedule is entirely weather dependent, but work will continue through the winter.

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