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Gas tanks being removed at Yorky’s Market in Fairhaven

Construction workers pull fueling tanks out of the ground at Yorky's Market in the Fairhaven neighborhood on Tuesday, June 9, in Bellingham, Wash. The visible tank is one of four to be removed.
Construction workers pull fueling tanks out of the ground at Yorky's Market in the Fairhaven neighborhood on Tuesday, June 9, in Bellingham, Wash. The visible tank is one of four to be removed. The Bellingham Herald

The Yorky’s Market in Fairhaven soon will have more parking as crews are removing the former fueling station.

Crews were at work on Tuesday, June 9, pulling out the four fueling tanks at 1501 12th St. The tanks are up to 35 feet in length and 8 feet in diameter, holding about 10,000 gallons, said Leo Day, president of Ultra Tank Services Inc. The property has had a gas station as long as Day — who is 58 and grew up in Bellingham — can remember, so work also will entail removing the contaminated dirt and replacing it with clean soil.

“The Yorkston family is doing the right thing to get this cleaned up,” he said.

The building that’s home to the market and the Pizzazza restaurant will remain, with the building being open during construction, said Matt Yorkston.

Yorkston said the plan is to create more parking for the store and restaurant. He expects the project to be done in two to three weeks.

Yorkston said they also plan on adding products to the store, including expanding the beer selection.

Reach Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BhamHeraldBiz and on Facebook at BellinghamHeraldBusiness.

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