Foreclosed gas station site shows signs of life

EAST ISLES — The foreclosed-upon BP gas station at 2700 Hennepin Ave. could see a rebirth as  a 6,000-square-foot retail structure with a drive-thru.

Nolan Properties Group is proposing a building set flush along the corner, according to site plans submitted to the city, with a drive-thru entrance on 27th Street and an exit onto Hennepin Avenue. Space between the building and Hennepin would feature tables, bike racks and landscaping.

Nolan staff did not return calls for comment, but indicated to the East Isles ResidentsAssociation (EIRA) they have no signed leases yet. Retailers could include a food-oriented business or a banking facility, according to the neighborhood, and the developer hopes to attract local businesses.

Residents expressed reservations about the drive-thru, and requested “no left turn” signage to prevent traffic from exiting into the neighborhood on 27th Street.

“All in all, our group was very impressed with Nolan’s proactive approach in working with our neighborhood,” said Harvey Ettinger, chair of the EIRA zoning and land use committee. “Their proposal reflects a very well thought out, sensitive resolution to greatly improve upon the existing site and develop an exciting amenity within the East Isles neighborhood.”

In its application to the city, the developer said “significant windows” and outdoor seating “will transform the site and area from one that is unappealing to a place where neighbors, pedestrians and cyclists feel compelled to visit.”