Palisade poised to be home to new 11-pump fueling station off I-70

The Palisade planning commission approved plans Monday for a convenience store and filling station on the site of the old I-70 Fruit stand at 780 37 3/10 Road, southeast of Exit 42.

Palisade’s Exit 42 may be the only Interstate 70 off-ramp for miles without a fueling station.

That’s about to change as Golden Gate Petroleum received the OK this week from Palisade officials to build a fueling station and convenience store on nearly four acres near the interstate’s eastbound on-ramp, at 780 37 3/10 Road.

Golden Gate Petroleum, with a number of gas stations and convenience stores in California and Nevada, plans to build a 4,160-square-foot store with 11 fuel pumps at the Palisade site.

Palisade planning commissioners unanimously approved the company’s plans during a Monday night meeting. Commissioners also allowed Golden Gate to locate a sign 60 feet high, breaking with the town’s code limiting signs at 20 feet. Golden Gate officials argued it would be more difficult for motorists to see the store’s sign at 20 feet because the site is located lower than the roadway. The sign will be visible to motorists on the interstate, but won’t shine toward the town.

Palisade trustees approved of subdividing the land during their Tuesday night public meeting.

Trustees have long wanted a fueling station to locate at the site, to potentially bring some of the thousands of motorists each day off the interstate into town, Mayor Roger Granat said.

Trustee Penny Prinster said interstate motorists don’t venture into town for fuel.

Steve Smith, co-owner of Grand Valley Vineyards, which is across Elberta Avenue to the west of the planned store and station, said he was disappointed when an initial plan by Kum & Go to locate a gas station there fell through.

But Smith said having Golden Gate may be a bigger benefit to Palisade.

“GG Petroleum have local assets and are interested in doing things that are beneficial to the town and valley. They are really interested in tying into the fruit and wine there,” Smith said.

The roadway at G 7/10 Road will be renamed Wine Valley Road. The company is creating a water retention project and installing 6-foot sidewalks on both side of Wine Valley Road. It will add 68 trees and 257 shrubs, according to the plan. There are plans for seven spaces for oversized parking for recreational vehicles and 28 passenger car parking spots.

Palisade resident Sandy North said at Tuesday night’s meeting that the addition of a gas station and convenience store will detract from Palisade’s idyllic vibe.

“There’s so much good about this town that I don’t want you to let this happen,” she said to trustees.

North said she didn’t want lights from a convenience store and gas station to ruin star gazing and that having 11 fueling stations will create a “truck stop” environment.

A truck stop is not allowed at the location.

“I see no good with having a gas station, we have two already,” North said.


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