By LOU WILIN
A plan to expand a 19,000-square-foot Marathon Petroleum service building at 119 E. Sandusky St. by 15,439 square feet was approved Thursday by Findlay City Planning Commission.
The existing service building houses equipment, and the expansion will include offices.
The eastward expansion of the building will extend it to the corner of Beech Avenue and Sandusky Street. Construction will start in August and be finished by March 2015.
The building will have a third-floor walkway to a new parking garage, to be completed in early 2015 on the east side of Beech Avenue.
Separately, a plan was approved Thursday for a 2,600-square-foot Marathon service station/convenience store at the southeast corner of the Trenton Avenue-Bolton Street intersection. It will replace a 476-square-foot Swifty store.
The old station will be demolished in August and the new building completed by November, said developer Jim Burns of Burns Distributing Co.
Although the new store will be much bigger than the old, it will be slightly smaller than average, Burns said. Convenience stores typically are 2,800 to 3,200 square feet, he said.
The canopy will get a facelift and fuel pumps will be replaced. The site’s new owner is Black Gold Ventures of Bluffton, Indiana, a real estate holding company for National Oil & Gas, in Bluffton, Indiana.
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