There’s a new gas station / convenience store breaking ground within walking distance of where I live. I’m talking the Sweetwater – South Acoma area. Huge, yellow, Caterpillar dozers and a road grader are trying to bust through the concrete hard, boulder infested property. Most likely, dynamite will eventually be needed.
Several years ago, the late John Ballard told me, “That’s some of the hardest ground in all of Lake Havasu City!” John would know, because for over 20-years he installed real estate and political signs throughout town. He ended up using sandbags to hold political signs upright in this area. What’s totally ironic is that the side street going by this development, Ballard Way, is named after John.
Some people in the neighborhood are okay with this project, while others are not. Having lived in close proximity to a strip joint plus numerous seedy bars in Alaska, I have absolutely no problem. Back in the day, gas stations had obnoxious bells to advise service station attendants that cars and trucks needed fuel. Thankfully, those noisy devices are no longer needed. I might not be so upbeat about this new facility if they were.
I see this as mere progress. There was a time when south Havasu lacked in amenities like the ones in middle town and the northside. Those days are quickly coming to an end. Stores and offices of all flavor are moving south. The Havasu Riviera development has definitely made it desirable for new businesses to locate here. Evidently, Maverik, Inc. saw a golden opportunity to expand and jumped on it.
When I look at all the pluses in having them within walking distance of my house, one major benefit pops up. When it’s 120 degrees outside, and I need a brain-freezing cherry slush, “my fix” is less than 200 paces away. How many people can claim that up on Cherry Tree Boulevard!