The Fort St. John Co-Op has plans for a spring groundbreaking at its new development on 100 Street.
The city approved a development permit for the project on Oct. 21. The Co-Op is currently awaiting a building permit, with tenders planned to go out after Christmas, said Brad Lussier, general manager for the Fort St. John Co-operative Association.
Depending on spring ground conditions, plans are to begin construction in late April or early May, he said.
"We're excited this is happening," Lussier said. "It will definitely be a great asset for the members."
City council approved the development, at 100 Street and 114A Avenue near Northern Lights College, in December 2018. Plans call for a gas bar, propane sales, a car wash, and convenience store.
The development is an $8 million investment, Lussier said, and fills a business need in the north end of the city.
Lussier estimates the build will take between eight to 10 months, with an opening targeted for the end of 2020, or early 2021.
In granting its approval, city council created a new comprehensive development zone for the property, which sets out site specific regulations on the station's visual impact, noise, traffic, and pedestrian safety.
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