By TESA GLASS
---- — MT. VERNON — The Hucks Convenience Store on the corner of South 10th Street and Veterans Memorial Drive is planning an expansion project.
The plans for the expansion were presented to the City Council earlier this week, as the property has two zoning classifications — Light Industrial and Secondary Business. Martin & Bayley, Inc., the owners of Hucks, are asking for the entire property to be re-zoned to Secondary Business.
"Light Industrial doesn't allow for a convenience store," said Darren Helms of Landmark Surveying, who presented the information on behalf of Martin & Bayley. "The portion of the business where the store and pumps are now located is zoned Secondary Business, but the area south of the existing store is zoned I-1. We would like to have the entire property zoned as Secondary Business."
Helms said the company plans to construct a new store to the west of the existing building, put in a new gas canopy at the existing location, and construct a diesel canopy for semi-truck use.
Helms said he is working with City Engineer Brad Ruble on design drawings of the proposed expansion project, and on a drainage issue to the south of the existing convenience store.
"There is a drainage ditch in that area, and there are drainage problems that we are working to resolve with the design," Helms said.
The re-zoning will be discussed at a second meeting of the City Council and was held for first-reading only during the Council meeting on Monday.
Helms said plans are to start construction this fall, and phase in the project, with a new store being built and renovations to the existing gas canopy, followed by the diesel canopy and possible additional retail on the south side of the property.