Demolition begins on Farmers Loop Sourdough Fuel station

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Construction on the Famers Loop gas station continues with the demolition of the old structure.

Crash! Bang! Boom! Those are the sounds you probably heard if you were near the Farmers Loop Sourdough Fuel this morning. The 30–year–old building has been torn down to make way for a newer, smaller model. I spoke with Vice President of Sales and Communications Don Castle about the makeover decision.

"Well the stores been here since it was originally constructed in 1987 and it's been added to a number of different times over the years, we've owned it since 1997, and it just sits on some ground that's not real flat and level so we've had a lot of shifting issues with the floor," explained Castle. "It's gotten to a point where we felt it would be better just to tear the facility down, do a decent foundation, and bring in a brand new modular facility."

According to Castle, there are five modules being built in Anchorage by Builders Choice, a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation or ASRC, and that the new facility is set to be open and operational by the end of July.

Don't worry if you don't want to drive all the way into town to fill up though.

"We will continue with the pumps. The dispensers will be open even while the construction is going on so people will continue to be able to get gasoline and diesel fuel here."