Kum & Go eyes "The Shed" in Winter Park
November 17, 2009
The Winter Park planning commission will consider an application Nov. 24 for a new Kum & Go gasoline convenience store. The potential site, which neighbors Pizza Hut to the south, is home to the old CDOT facility known as “The Shed” and is remembered fondly for the murals that were once painted on its facade. A developer purchased the property several years ago, painted over the murals (to the chagrin of many) and designed plans to tear down the old structure and build a 105-unit condominium complex called “Winter Park Square.” That project has since sat fallow. It went into foreclosure earlier this year and is now for sale, according to manager Mike Foster. Kum & Go is now seeking to develop the north half of the site with a project unlike any it has ever undertaken, said Josh Lieberman of Kum & Go’s real estate department in Iowa.The mixed-use, three-story building would include a 4,500-square-foot convenience store plus two retail shops on the ground level, and eight to 10 residential units on upper stories.”This is a brand new venture for us,” Lieberman said. “It’s not the best time to be putting in spec residential, but it’s what the town said it wants.” The convenience store would be much larger than Kum & Go’s typical shops to serve as a small grocery store for the Winter Park community, Lieberman said. Eight gas pumps will be located on the south side of the building. There are currently no plans for the south portion of the property, Lieberman said.It will be the first new development of its kind on Winter Park’s Main Street in a long time, Lieberman said. Kum & Go looked to new development in Steamboat Springs for architectural inspiration. “The mountain contemporary design fits the look we think the town wants for its future,” Lieberman said.Kum & Go will need at least three different approvals from the town before proceeding with the project, including the special use permit for the gas station and convenience store, approval for the subdivision of the land and review of the overall design. The public will have the opportunity to comment on all three applications. If it can get all its permits in place, Kum & Go plans to break ground on the entire north half of the project next summer. – Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or email@example.com.