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Lucky's Xpress receives Stark Development Corp. facade improvement funds

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Lucky's on 10th Avenue East and East Villard has received $50,000 in SDC funds for its ongoing remodeling project. (Brandon L. Summers / The Dickinson Press)

Lucky's Xpress convenience store on East Villard Street is receiving $50,000 in Stark Development Corp. funds for facade improvements.

The eastside Dickinson fuel stop and convenience store has been undertaking an extensive remodeling project.

Owner Mike Staudinger purchased the former Kum & Go building in December 2015 with the intention of adding onto it, and remodeling the existing site and moving a liquor store into the space.

"We felt there would be a need," Staudinger told the SDC board. "There's limited choices on that part of town for liquor."

The first round of remodeling is finished, Staudinger said.

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"We added gas pumps, a canopy, redid the concrete, put a parking lot in there, because, as you know, Kum & Go didn't put any money into that site," he said. "It was just an asset they saw from Iowa and it sat there and made money for them."

Staudinger saw the potential in developing the corner of East Villard Street and 10th Avenue East, approached the company and purchased the property from them.

Remodeling is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

The project, though, has resulted in some cost overruns that Staudinger hopes will be defrayed by the local funds.

Stark Development Corp. provides funds for the revitalization and rehabilitation of the exterior of commercial business sites.

"The building hadn't been touched in almost 40 years," Staudinger said. "Right now, there's two parts of the property. One of them faces Villard, the other faces 10th Avenue."

The SDC board approved $25,000 each to improve the two exterior sides of the building.

The project cost, provided by Dickinson-based Tooz Construction, is $118,000, which includes new siding, awnings, wainscots, and roofing materials.

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"We'll be removing the brick, because it's going to be hard to match that brick up on the new building," Staudinger said.

The existing front doors also will be replaced, and windows will be upgraded.

"There will be a new exit door going into the west side of the building that faces 10th Avenue East and the awning will be removed," Staudinger said. "That's in dire need of being replaced. The metal one, it doesn't look very good."

Further additions will include a car wash to the building's east side and "a yet-to-be-determined food service" area with a drive-through.

"We're looking at a franchise, but right now it's still in negotiations," Staudinger said. "That's another need on that part of town. There's very limited food options."

Ryan Jilek, SDC executive vice president, said the SDC is pleased to provide the funds.

"It is nice to see our programs being used to better the community and businesses being able to improve their properties," he said.

The SDC program is intended to help area businesses prosper.

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"The value of our program is two-fold," Jilek said. "Businesses can leverage our program to consider and complete a more impactful renovation to their property than if they didn't have access to our program. As a community, well, who doesn't like to live in a nice place that looks attractive and inviting?"

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