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New Kum & Go truck stop to spiff up Craig’s east side

Noelle Leavitt Riley

— A new, state-of-the-art Kum & Go truck stop is slated to be built at the east entrance of Craig near the Moffat County Fairgrounds, and city officials are boasting that it will be the largest of its kind in the area.

"We're going to have an extremely nice-looking facility. It's going to be substantially larger than” the current Kum & Go, said David Costa, Craig's community development director.

The new 4,991-square-foot business will take the place of the current Kum & Go, located at 700 E. Victory Way.

Specifically, the facility will be built on 108,055 square feet and will have 8,644 square feet of landscaping with 35,785 square feet of native grass areas, according to city documents. It also will have 18 trees and 32 shrubs with automatic irrigation.

"It's going to be a positive impact for Craig," Costa said, adding that it's going to be larger than the new Kum & Go truck stop in Rifle. "I think the store down in Rifle has eight gas pumps, and ours is going to have 10."

It was Kum & Go's idea to build a bigger facility in Craig, Costa said. The company actually purchased the land from Moffat County.

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The new facility will have more than the minimum required parking spaces for a building of its size, tallying 37 parking spots and two handicap spaces.

A bike rack also will be available for community members on the north side of the building.

"It's going to clean up the neighborhood over there," Costa said. "It's a great improvement as far as the attractiveness. It's going to be an improvement as to what the city is going to look like when you enter the town."

Craig City Council member Tony Bohrer also thinks that it will be a wonderful improvement to the city.

"I think it's a great idea," he said. "It's a great place for semi trucks to be able to stop. I don't think we realize how big it's going to be. Obviously, anything we can do to the east side of town is going to clean up that corner and make it really nice."

The city did receive one negative response about the new site plan from a neighbor who was not in favor of a larger store, according to city documents.

"He felt the project may cause increased traffic on Fourth Street. He was concerned about increase lighting along with noise pollution," the document said.

Yet, Bohrer thinks it's still an excellent plan.

"That's the last one of the Kum & Gos (in the area) to get redone. We're definitely excited to see all the changes that are taking place in Craig, slowly but surely," he said.

Noelle Leavitt Riley can be reached at 970-875-1790 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com

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