Granby’s former Mega-Matt property in limbo, though Kum & Go says deal is still on
September 5, 2008
The former convenience store/gas station at the east end of Granby has been in a state of limbo over the summer. A portion of the building is missing, debris such as drywall, insulation and chunks of ceiling tile lie at the foot of the cavity, and another wall looks like it was struck with a wrecking ball. But what appears to have been an attempt at demolition was not the case. About a month ago, the town sent Granby Police Chief Bill Housley to the site to assess the buildings safety. According to the police chief, he contacted Ehnle Fuel and Oil president Dana Ehnle of Wyoming, the buildings owner, and told him about the buildings condition.A message left with Ehnle Thursday was not returned by presstime.They sold the heating and air conditioning system in it, Housley said he had learned from Ehnle. The building was equipped with a roof-mounted system with wall vents. The person or entity (buyer) ripped the wall down to get it out and left everything lay … (Ehnle) had seemed somewhat genuine that he didnt know that the building was in that condition. Housley directed the owners to clean up debris located outside of the building and to secure it from trespassers for safety reasons. The owner put up fencing around the buildings sections of missing walls.Ehnles ex-wife Patricia Ramirez of Wyoming is Ehnle Fuel and Oils vice president who ran the former Mega Mat located there. The property was nearly seized and sold last year due to unpaid taxes, until the owner paid the tax liens off. According to the Grand County Treasurers office, the personal property, land and building taxes have been in arrears since.The corporation Kum & Go has been planning to purchase the property but a closing has not yet occurred. A Kum & Go spokesperson said Thursday that the company does still intend to buy the property by years end and plans to demolish the old building and start construction on a new building next spring. Kum & Go recently submitted site-plan review documents to the town of Granby, which has already annexed the property. Since it looks as though the existing building will not be demolished until after winter, Housley said he plans to approach the town of Granby about examining whether the deconstructed building remains a hazard or nuisance. Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.