2016-10-14 / Front Page

Development of Taco Bell-Jiffy Lube combo underway

By ALAN BENNETT
Staff Writer


Demolition crews prepare the property at 460 Alfred St. in Biddeford for the construction of a combination Taco Bell and Jiffy Lube, approved by the city’s Planning Board in March. 
ALAN BENN ETT/Journal Tribune Demolition crews prepare the property at 460 Alfred St. in Biddeford for the construction of a combination Taco Bell and Jiffy Lube, approved by the city’s Planning Board in March. ALAN BENN ETT/Journal Tribune BIDDEFORD — Demolition has begun at a property on Alfred Street that will make way for a popular fast food restaurant and car repair shop.

Two former automotive repair shops at 460 Alfred St. (Route 111), next to Amato’s Sandwich Shop, were razed Thursday morning to make space for a proposed combination Taco Bell and Jiffy Lube.

Kyle Gibson, a representative for Chicago- and New York-based development company Guggenheim Partners LLC, which is overseeing the project, presented a conceptual site plan to the city’s Planning Board in early December.

The board granted approval of the project on March 16, allowing the firm to develop a 2,079-squarefoot Taco Bell restaurant with drive-through capability and an adjoining 4,995- square-foot Jiffy Lube car maintenance shop on the nearly two-acre site.

On Thursday, demolition crews could be seen using machinery to lift debris off the ground before trucking it away just after 10 a.m.

It was not immediately clear when the $506,332 project would be completed. Requests for comment to the developer’s media relations department were not returned on Thursday.

In December, Gibson said the unusual combination of businesses works to manage traffic flow, with Jiffy Lube seeing less traffic per hour than the adjoining fast-food restaurant.

The property was formerly owned by Therese Delage of Saco, and was assessed at $603,600 in 2015. It was not immediately clear how much Guggenheim paid for the property.

— Staff Writer Alan Bennett can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or abennett@journaltribune.com.

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