A new group has stepped forward to help the city save the former Eamon's gas station and possibly turn it into a 1950s diner.
The Bearspaw Historical Society says it has at least two businesses interested in working with them to save the building, which was moved to make way for an LRT park-and-ride lot at the new Tuscany station — but they have to raise the money first.
"The Bearspaw Historical Society has offered to raise the funds necessary to restore this building and then we want a restaurateur to take it over to turn it into a 1950s diner," said Roger Pilkington, treasurer of the society.
The city has moved the historic gas station, which dates back to the 1950s, into storage for now.
It has also committed to spending $410,000 to move and store the station, as well as install service for it in the LRT park-and-ride lot.
However, the city has yet to attract any firm bids for the building.
Too much already, says alderman
The city says it is going to take more time as it grapples for a solution to save the heritage building, but some aldermen are worried the city may be paying too much.
Ald. Diane Colley-Urquhart says she's losing patience.
"It's good that people are trying their best and there's been a lot of due diligence work on this, but there comes a time when I think administration could be focused on something else," she said.
Ald. Gian-Carlo Carra feels putting Eamon's in a more visible spot in the park-and-ride lot will reassure potential business operators their plans can succeed.
"We need to start creating people places out of our transit stations. I'm not a big fan of putting vast oceans of parking lots in this day and age."
If the issue isn't sorted out by the fall of next year, council will vote on whether to keep the building or dispose of it.