The gas station at the corner of Oakwood and Main in New Paltz could get a face lift, which will result in considerably more retail space in the front, if owner Michael Khorassani gets his way. Under the proposal, the auto mechanic space would be moved around back by the existing machine shop, with an office above the work spaces, and the retail fill out the entire face of the building. The largely curb-free corner would have some order imposed by curb cuts and new sidewalks.
Neighbors on Oakwood appeared particularly interested in how much noise and odor might result from the auto mechanic being moved closer to their homes. Village planner David Gilmour is of the opinion that the retail space might have to be classified as grocery, but New Paltz Village Planning Board members are not entirely on board with that idea as yet. The new design being offered is intended to look like a vintage Gulf station.