Buc-ee eyes Auburn location at exit 50 of I-85 | New

Buc-ee’s, the popular Texas-based gas station, convenience store, and travel hub, is considering a new location in Auburn at Exit 50 of I-85.

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 18, Auburn City Council is set to consider a development agreement between the city and Buc-ee’s Auburn, LLC, which was formed in Alabama in late April, according to a notice. legal published in the Opelika-Auburn news on Monday, May 10, and the Alabama Secretary of State’s business entity records.

The project, which would be roughly located at the northeast corner of Cox Road at Exit 50 of I-85, corresponds to another project recommended for conditional use approval by the Planning Commission at its meeting. from April, allowing a large 55,000-square-foot gas station with around 116 fuel pumps and more than 470 parking spaces, according to meeting documents.

Jeff Nadalo, general counsel for Buc-ee, confirmed on Tuesday May 11 that the company is indeed looking to build a location on I-85 and Cox Road.

“We are actively working to find a place to build a store in Auburn,” Nadalo said in a telephone interview with the Villager. “We believe the location is ideal for customers traveling to the area and with a diverse workforce in Auburn we will have easy access to employees to serve customers.”

The project would require a new public road next to Cox Road which goes north of the development and ends in a dead end / entrance, as well as a straight and right entrance next to Cox Road which feeds directly into the development.

The development and use of highway services responds to the future designation of the land in CompPlan 2030 of the Interstate Commercial, according to city staff comments in Commission meeting documents.

Nadalo said the company was working with local and state officials to get “all the approvals and agreements necessary for us to continue.”

“We’re still in the middle of due diligence,” Nadalo said.

Before a development agreement between the city and Buc-ee can be reached, Council will need to lead the way by approving a number of other project-related items on the agenda, including two items that would annex the Lee County unincorporated properties within the city limits, then two items that would change the zoning of those same parcels from the rural development district to the comprehensive development district.

These articles are contributed by the owners and Gonzalez Strength & Associates on behalf of the owners. The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the four agenda items.

Under the proposed development agreement, “the City will agree to make payments to the Society, payable only out of approximately half of all non-educational sales and use tax revenues collected by the City. City, and half of the engine taken by the City. fuel tax revenues, collected by the City and generated by the Project over a period of twenty-five (25) years ”, according to the legal notice.

The city would expect public benefits from the agreement, including “a substantial use of sales, ad valorem and other tax revenues” and job creation.

If all approvals are approved, Buc-ee would like to start construction towards the end of the year. It would take about a year to complete construction, Nadalo said.

If a Buc-ee comes to Auburn, it would be the company’s third location in the state, with the other two in Leeds and Robertsdale.

Those who have never been to a Buc-ee should know that this is not your typical gas station / convenience store.

“We have gourmet dishes from top chefs literally – the world barbecue champion is one of our chefs,” Nadalo said. “Another of our chefs, he was the former culinary director of the Houstonian, which is a very famous restaurant here in Houston.”

“We also have some pretty unique offers in terms of other items that you really won’t find anywhere else,” Nadalo said.

Auburn City Council will meet on Tuesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the new council chamber on North Ross Street.

Associate Editor Madasyn Lee contributed to this report.

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