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Gas station to go retro, retail

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra SunBrandon Dewhurst of Bramco Construction Corporation helps clean up Sierra Superstop in downtown Truckee on Thursday. The gas station will be refurbished as a 1940s Flying A that will have retail shops.

Truckee’s downtown Sierra Superstop gas station will be refurbished as a 1940s Flying A service station ” but without the gas.

Truckee River Associates is embarking on a two-year project to turn the historic structure into a retail location and add extra space on to the rear of the building.

Currently the company is removing underground gas tanks and gas pumps and plans to add landscaping and parking in the area around the revamped, steel frame structure.

The gas station sits on land owned by Union Pacific Railroad, and the building will be operated on a long-term lease from the railroad.

Matt Rusanoff, a member of the Truckee Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, said the new building should fit in well with the history of Donner Pass Road buildings, which was commercial highway frontage when Old Highway 40 was the main thoroughfare across the Sierra Nevada.

“There has always been a heavy roadside character to downtown,” Rusanoff said.

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The historic committee and the property owners have plenty of photographs of the old station to use as a template for the rehabilitation.

“It’s meant to be an asset to downtown,” said Tom Watson, a partner with Truckee River Associates.