Gassed out: Neo-Colonial petrol station headed for demolition
First, it was the Tavern, which closed its doors in December. Now there's an another place falling into the dustbin of Emmet Street history: the Barracks Road Shell, a full-service gas and repair station that closed on Friday, September 7, with the building slated for demolition.
"Our lease was not renewed because the shopping center wants to do something else with the space," says the Shell station co-owner Diane Ramm, who's operated the business surrounded by the massive parking lots of the Barracks Road Shopping Center with her husband, Scott, for 20 years.
"A lot of people are going to be upset," says Ramm, whose facility was one of the few, in addition to purveying petroleum, to offer a full range of auto repairs and even full-service pumping. She says she'll move the operation west to Ivy, at the Ivy Exxon.
As for the neo-Colonial brick structure at Barracks, it dates to the 1960s, says Ramm, noting that the original owners reportedly traveled to Williamsburg for inspiration on the design, which includes a slate roof with dormers, large gables, and detailed trim work.
After 50 years, the structure needed repair, according to Ramm, noting that the firm that owns the property, along with the rest of the shopping center, is Federal Realty. A telephone call to the company for comment went unreturned.