By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — The Sunoco station will add up to four gasoline pumps and Burger King will expand in a 90-day project this spring, said Sunbury Mayor David Persing, who lauded the two North Fourth Street businesses’ additional 20-year commitment to the city.
More modern buildings will replace those that will be razed.
“This is what we are talking about,” Persing said. “We are continuing to move the city in a positive direction, and these two businesses are investing in this city with us.”
Burger King and Sunoco have been in the city since 1995, and Persing said he was thrilled to learn they wanted to expand.
“We will be losing some parking spots in the lot behind the businesses,” he said. “But it is worth it for what we are gaining from this expansion.”
Burger King and Sunoco lease the land from the city for about $30,000 a year, and that sum will increase to $60,000, equal to one mill in taxes, Persing said.
Burger King will leave its old structure standing while it builds its new facility next door, Persing said.
Sunoco will close and, after demolition, will add at least four gas pumps and a whole new quick mart inside.
And it should all be done in 90 days after work begins in April, Persing said.
“They want to have a fast turn-around,” he said.
The expansion of the two also will provide more jobs to the city, Persing said.
“This is great news for the city and residents,” he said.
“Improving that entire section is a huge plus for us. We are happy that Burger King and Sunoco are willing to invest in us. We will continue to strive to improve this city, and we see more and more business people calling us and speaking with us every day.”