Livonia Sunoco gas station convenience store gets a makeover

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A long-running Livonia gas station is about to see major upgrades.

The Sunoco at 27417 Five Mile on the southwest corner of Inkster is about to get a massive overhaul, including a brand new look and expansion for the convenience store. The station – which has been around since the 1950s and was last renovated in the early 1970s – will abandon its auto repair bays, expanding the retail store inside instead. It will also feature a modern new look on the outside.

“The plan is to remove the existing auto service center and convert the space to general retail use,” said Mark Taormina, director of planning and economic development at Livonia. “It would expand convenience store operations.”

The renovation would be made of multiple materials and expected to last a long time, said Nasser Choucair of Dearborn-based NC Design, which is working on the project.

“This material, it would last a long time without maintenance,” he said. “The interior, it’s really going to be a more modern look.”

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The project was presented to the city’s planning commission at its regular meeting on August 23, where the commission reviewed the plans and recommended their approval.

With recommended approval, plans are submitted to City Council for review and final decision. Choucair said he would begin work on the project as soon as the city could issue him permits.

Planning Commissioner Peter Ventura said he was impressed with the plans and looked forward to their completion.

“It’s quite a refresh of this building and it looks great,” he said. It will be a big plus in the area.”

A screenshot of the render posted at the Livonia Planning Commission meeting on August 23.  Rendering is what the gas station at the southwest corner of Five Mile and Inkster would look like after construction.

Contact reporter David Veselenak at dveselenak@hometownlife.com or 734-678-6728. Follow him on Twitter @davidveselenak.

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